Camp-Out at the Halper Farm to Stop Eminent Domain
On Monday, July 10, 2006 at 3 pm armed agents of the government of Piscataway, New Jersey will arrive on the property of Clara & Larry Halper. The police will remove the Halpers and their four children from their home and farm. This land has been in the Halper family for over 80 years. The city is using eminent domain to take it in order to provide "open spaces". Don't be surprised if a few years later we see shopping malls or condos built on the Halper's property. There is nothing to prevent the Piscataway government from changing their use of the land after they grab it.
We plan to have a camp-out starting Saturday and lasting until the eviction. We need YOU to be there. If ever there was a time to take a stand, it is NOW. If ever there was a place to take a stand, it is HERE. Take your excuse for not being there and throw it in the trash. When Paul Revere signaled the alarm the early Americans didn't respond with excuses they responded with action. People who believed in freedom dropped what they were doing and showed up to confront their oppressors.
We need YOU to drive your RV, pitch your tents, and take a stand against eminent domain abuse by camping out at the Halper Farm until the moment of eviction. We hope it will be like Valley Forge without the frostbite and Woodstock without the mud.
Date: Starts Saturday, July 8, 2006, but most people will show up on Sunday. The eviction is Monday, July 10 at 3pm
Location: Farm of Larry and Clara Halper
4 Bella Drive, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE OFF WASHINGTON AVENUE, NOT OFF METLARS LANE (photo: Clara, Larry and their four children)
SUNDAY, JULY 9: MUSIC FESTIVAL AGAINST EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE
1:00 Classical and acustic guitar
2:00 Classic rock with GLASS SUN
Centered around the obscure and sometimes forgotten classics of the 60's and 70's, Glass Sun captures the magic and energy of live Rock & Roll at it's best.
3:30 New Rock with HELLO NURSE
Expect a high-energy rock show replete with sweaty sing-along choruses, thoughtful lyrics, and tight musical interplay.
If you want to attend you do not need to make a reservation, just show up. There is plenty of space and the Halpers welcome you to camp on their land. However, we'd like to keep a count so we encourage you to RSVP here. Check back to this website before you drive to get up-to-the-minute information.
On Monday July 10 at 3:00 the government of Piscataway, New Jersey will evict a family from their farm using eminent domain. While the U.S. Constitution should have protected their home now it is up to YOU. Some people plan to form "Human Constitution" around their home when the police arrive to take it.
The Halper family has farmed their land for over 80 years. Now the government of Piscataway, New Jersey will take their 75 acres using eminent domain. The government claims it wants to take the farm to preserve "open spaces." It's a farm. It is already an open space. Don't be surprised if shopping malls and condos are built on the Halper land in a few years. There is nothing to prevent the government from changing their use of the land after they grab it.
With the "open space" argument shown to be absurd, the government next accused the farm of being a "toxic waste dump" althought they have failed to provide any proof of this. The only chemicals found were pesticides against mosquitos that the city itself was caught spraying on the farm in the middle of the winter.
The government of Piscataway has taken over the property of many other people in the area using all sorts of rationale (senior housing, open spaces, etc.) most of it has been sold to developers for high-density housing. Many people believe the Halper farm will also be sold by the city to well-connected developers.
You can help draw a line in the sand in the battle over eminent domain. Take a stand at the Halper Farm. Don't assume others will preserve your freedom for you. We need YOU to join us. In addition to helping stop eminent domain abuse you can help the Halpers by purchasing a ornamental pear tree or shrub . They have spent a fortune on legal bills to try to fend off this land-grab by the government. Buy a plant, don't let the government steal it.
Get the media involved: contact talk radio hosts and encourage them to do a live on-site broadcast, to get people to show up for the Halper Camp-Out, and to generally promote it.
Contact groups that might get their members out: RV owners, camping groups, property rights groups, other victims of eminent domain.
Contact entertainers: musicians, comedians, performers, Civil or Revolutionary War re-inactors.
Help us rent a flat bed truck for a stage, a PA system for the entertainers, and port-a-potties.
Help us buy food and drink for the campers, make banners, and cover other costs.
Answer phone calls and e-mail from people that have questions about the event.
You don't need prior authorization to help with items 1-3...just do it on your own! For 4 & 5, or to help in some other way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org