Susette Kelo Sends Message on Eminent Domain With One-day Fundraising Event


On Monday, June 23, 2008, Susette Kelo seeks to send a powerful message to those in power across the country: end eminent domain abuse. June 23 marks the third anniversary of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London that ruled Susette’s little pink cottage could be seized by the government and handed over to a politically connected private developer for his private benefit.

In a video to the nation, Susette asks for 10,000 activists to join the Susette Kelo Liberty Club. Members are asked to make a special one-day small-dollar donation to Susette’s legal team, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which defended her and her neighbors in their fight, and which continues to battle eminent domain abuse nationwide. Every dollar raised on on June 23, 2008, will be used to fight eminent domain abuse—the government-forced seizure of private property for someone else’s private use.

“I was just one of 10,000 eminent domain abuse victims in the United States over a five-year period,” Susette said. “That is why I want at least 10,000 advocates of liberty to come together on June 23 and become Founding Members of the Susette Kelo Liberty Club. All they have to do is pledge their support to stop these abuses by making a small donation to the Institute for Justice, which has done so much to protect homes and small businesses across our country. Together, we will send a powerful message to tax-hungry politicians and land-hungry developers: It is time to stop these land grabs.”

More on the IJ site. Or go directly to participate in Kelo Day.