Subject: You're Invited! Castle Coalition's Florida Eminent Domain
It is with great pleasure that I extend to you a formal invitation
to attend the Castle Coalition's Florida Eminent Domain Conference.
These regional conferences are a main component of the Hands Off My
Home campaign, and the Castle Coalition will be holding them around
the country. This conference will take place Saturday, February 25,
from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton in West Palm
Beach, Florida. The purpose of this conference is to bring together
a diverse group of eminent domain activists from around your state
for a day of workshops and strategy sessions. Similar to our
national conference, we will focus on how to coordinate effective
multi-faceted approaches to defeating eminent domain abuse. This
will also serve as an opportunity to network and build relationships
with other activists in your region.
The workshops will cover such topics as how to build a grassroots
coalition, how to prepare for legal action, and how to harness the
media to help in your grassroots fight. Included among the
participants will be activists who are fighting current eminent
domain projects, as well as a number of activists who bring to the
table important lessons learned from their own successful battles
against eminent domain abuse. Panelists from the Institute for
Justice will also share their own wide array of expertise gained
from almost a decade of litigating eminent domain cases, and teach
conference participants how to take the fight beyond the courts of
law, and directly into the court of public opinion through coalition-
building and effective media strategies.
As you know, on June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down
its decision in Kelo v. City of New London, giving local governments
nationwide a green light to condemn homes and businesses for private
economic development. Since, we've seen a flurry of legislative
activity at the local, state and federal levels. The Institute for
Justice and Castle Coalition are eager to capitalize on this
momentum-and we want you to bring your energy and insight to our
first regional conference, so that you can utilize these tools in
your own fight against eminent domain abuse.
The Institute for Justice will provide you with lunch and snacks,
along with conference materials. Participants will be responsible
for their own travel. Please let us know by no later than
Wednesday, February 15 if you will be able to attend by replying to
this email with the information listed below. Spots will be
reserved on a first come, first served basis, so please RSVP as soon
as possible. I will respond to your RSVP with further details about
the conference. If you have any questions or would like further
information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 703-682-9320 or
by email at cwalsh@...
We look forward to seeing you in Florida!
Assistant Castle Coalition Coordinator
Institute for Justice
If you would like to attend, please provide us with the following
Briefly explain your interest in attending this conference.
Are you or have you ever been threatened by eminent domain abuse?
Please explain briefly.