Alabama Takeaway (Eminent Domain Abuse in the Yellowhammer State)
Libertarian operative Stephen Gordon reports on eminent domain abuse in Alabama—and a new group that is dedicated to fighting the same:
In Alabama, it is generally the poorest of our citizens who are victimized and intimidated in similar situations to what happened in New London, CT. Working with state legislators and the Alabama Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, we have reasonable hopes of being able to make a difference in the lives of people touched by corporate and government land grabs.
Right now, we are highlighting on two cases and working on two distinct pieces of legislation. One issue deals with the highly publicized (many thanks to Neal Boortz and the Institute for Justice on this one) case of a Wal-Mart landgrab in Alabaster, AL:
In 2003, Alabaster, Alabama, a small bustling community south of Birmingham, garnered national attention through their efforts to seize property for the construction of a Wal-Mart shopping center. Ownership of the property was predominately poor and black. When national attention focused on the private property seizure, other avenues of securing the property for Wal-Mart prevailed. The procedure, while legal, would, by those familiar with the circumstances, deem the chain of events and the ensuing aftermath unethical by all standards. In the video Elizabeth Swain, her daughter, and granddaughter tell the story from the beginning to the end.
Drew Carey and Reason.tv reported on eminent domain abuse gone wild in National City, California. Watch that below: