Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kelo Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

I got this email and wanted to share.

Kelo Day

I hope lots of people show up.
June 23 marks the third anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which held that your home, business, church or farm can be seized just because someone else (presumably with more money and political power!) thinks they can generate more tax dollars with your land. While this decision opened the floodgates of abuse, it also sparked an unprecedented property rights backlash that continues to resonate nationwide.

Join Susette Kelo, her Fort Trumbull neighbors and the Institute for Justice at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location of the little pink house that started it all.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, June 21
1pm - 3pm
36 Franklin Street
New London, CT

Remarks at 1:30pm by Susette, IJ Senior Attorneys Scott Bullock and Dana Berliner, and community members involved in the heroic fight to stop eminent domain abuse not only in New London, but also across the country. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Melanie Hildreth at mhildreth@ij. org or (703) 682-9320 ext. 222.

We hope to see you there! Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Christina Walsh
Castle Coalition Coordinator
Institute for Justice
901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 682-9320
www.castlecoalition .org

The outcome of this landmark case set the stage and the groundwork (literally) for the taking of land out west for the NAFTA superhighway. Land battles and opposition are now ensuing in Texas and Oklahoma and elsewhere. The proposed Trans Texas Corridor may even be scaled back because of the opposition. The Trans-Texas Corridor was originally designed to be an immense 1,200 feet wide. The original design called for a highway for traffic alongside railway lines and petroleum pipelines as well as pipes to include lines for electricity, water and broadband fiber optic cables. It had been estimated that as much as a half-million acres of Texas land, would be taken by eminent domain for the construction of this superhighway. (Yes, that would be for commerce of this "mythical and non-existent plan" called the North American Union) Of course some will say that an already existing highway is merely being expanded and improved. No conspiracy here... move along. (wink)

One year after the Kelo decision by the Supreme Court, President Bush signed an Executive Order humorously entitled: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People which reiterated and strengthened the right of the government to take land from citizens and taxpayers (see Sec 3. Exclusions).

“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.
—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

No one's property is safe.

Here are some interesting tidbits.
Lessons from the Kelo Decision
Trans-Texas Corridor Blog
No North American Union? see this and this
Some believe that this is more than just about "free trade".

What has YOUR state legislature done to protect YOUR property rights lately?