Protecting People and Property
We take on fights most people believe can’t be won, but we’ve proven them wrong time and again. How do we do it? With courageous Americans stepping forward wherever we go. They recognize that our unique and sophisticated strategies work and we give them hope for their future. We utilize existing laws in ways most have never known about or tried. It is because we believe in our nation and constitutional form of government that we have succeeded. And, it is precisely that which we want to preserve for future generations.
1. On June 6, 2008, we won the most significant Fifth Amendment victory for property rights in recent history: Hage v. United States. As expected, the government did appeal the case and on July 26, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. overturned the landmark takings case of Hage v. United States. Plaintiffs have until September 10, 2012 to file for rehearing. Read more …
2. We led the defeat of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) and the National Heritage Rives Act by educating our members and policymakers as to why the proposals would dramatically erode private property rights in America. The bills gave even more regulatory power and condemnation money to federal agencies. Even though we were told nothing could stop the passage of CARA, we prepared an in depth white paper on the act that set forth clearly the problems with the proposal and then distributed it nationwide. This report is credited with changing the minds of many policymakers, which ultimately led to the bill’s defeat.
3. Through an educational campaign to our members, we stopped three grazing bills in the 90’s that would have dramatically restricted private ownership of water in the West. Landowners would have seen their water rights confiscated by federal agencies through even more stringent environmental regulations than are authorized today.
4. We set forth the arguments our members used to convince policymakers to abandon plans that would have given Bureau of Land Management, a huge resource agency, independent law enforcement powers above that of the local sheriffs. By supporting local sheriffs, we helped protect citizens from another layer of bureaucracy that threatened individual liberty in America.
5. We launched the coordination strategy nationwide in November 2006, when there were only two local governments using the approach. Today, there are over 100 entities asserting coordination. Everywhere coordination is being used, landowners are staying in business, local economies are being protected, and our unique American way of life is continuing.
6. Through coordination we stopped the selection of the preferred alternative on the I-35 Trans-Texas Corridor, saving thousands of Texas landowners from losing their land through condemnation and hundreds of communities from being destroyed. While the battle is not over, we forced an internationally-funded project to be canceled and the largest transportation agency in the nation to recommend, for the first time in their history, “no build” on this critical first leg of the NAFTA superhighway.
We educate Americans on issues affecting property rights and individual liberties through our publications, Coordination Works, Liberty Matters and American Stewards Digest.
We train local governments how to assert their coordination role in the federal and state planning process through our Coordination Classes and Local Outreach Program.
We are winning battles in communities nationwide and one-by-one we are restoring our nation from the ground up.