International Kelo Days, June 23 & 24, 2006

I and my group, some Cramer Hill [section of Camden NJ] Residents Association members, joined a statewide group of abused citizens on eminent domain. We are called the New Jersey Coalition Against Eminent Domain Abuse: www.njcaeda.com.

I hereby wholeheartedly suggest strongly that we announce to our country, the United States of America, that on INTERNATIONAL KELO DAYS, June 23th and 24th of 2006, we are protecting our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in this national demonstration of solidarity in defending our homes, businesses and churches from the hands of "the private use" clause of the Supreme court decision.

Let's march around our city halls on Friday the 23th with signs against eminent domain abuse. On Saturday the 24th, we will paper up our neighborhoods with all signs of disapproval like the "Hands Off My Home" sign, the slashed-circled redevelopment posters, the "Don't Tread on Me" stickers, etc.

Many people have come up with this idea, so let's make it happen.

Undocumented immigrants have shown their defiance to fear, yet we can't even take a day off from work to save the very roof we are working for. We don't even defend our neighbors' homes because ours are not on the list. Businesses have no real say because very very few homeowners live in commercial strips and won't fight "so-called-progress-not-for-public-use".

Quick rich schemes and prosperity dreams have increased greed out of proportions. Hearts have hardened. Eyes have narrowed. Ears have grown deaf to cries of despair. All for the mighty dollar, filthy lucre. Had our local government honestly managed taxpayers' monies correctly, we need not take — snatch — court order families out of their penny-pinched four walls and a roof.

Mary Cortes: Cortescamden@aim.com