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ANNUAL AWARDS - 2003

Don Parmeter
Award Presentation

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Don Parmeter Award Presentation

Last year we began the Annual Grassroots Leadership Award. For many years, however, I have been hoping to meet in person a man who is respected nationally for his achievements in organizing grassroots citizens to defend their rights in the State of Minnesota. His work in rural Minnesota has had considerable influence not only in that state, but in the entire United States.

When a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was defeated in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri, we were not first. The first such victory was the defeat of the designation of the international area of the Voyageurs National Park on the Canada - Minnesota border. When Don Parmeter was introduced this morning, you heard about many of his other achievements, especially his conviction that local representative government that devolves power to the people is the best way.

Please come to the podium, Don Parmeter, as we would like to, in this small way, recognize your hard-won accomplishments.

Award Plaque Inscription:

Second Annual Grassroots Leadership Award
2003
Presented to Don Parmeter

In Recognition of his Dedication to Defending Private Property Rights
and Constitutional Representative Government.


Kelli & Joseph Havranek
Award Presentation

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Kelli & Joseph Havranek Award Presentation

New York State would be a much better place if there were just a few more individuals like those to be recognized with our next award. Kelli and Joseph Havranek have accomplished an achievement in the face of every obstacle of obstruction that government agencies could put in their way.

They had never been involved in private property rights issues, but they became experts in the issues facing their community because of a trail scheme. Working assiduously, they became masters of the Freedom of Information request, and effectively analyzed and by going to meetings and calling their own events, they publicized the information that they discovered about the trail scheme threatening their rural community on the Rondout along the old Delaware and Hudson Canal Trail.

When I visited their home town of Rosendale in September, the local officials were embarrassed by what had been their innocent-sounding, beneficial canal trail plan. The meeting that the Havraneks' Rondout Landowners Alliance had called was packed. And people were against the plan. Everything had changed as a result of the two years of work that the Havraneks had put into researching and grassroots organizing to defend the landowners and their town.

Will you please join us on the podium, Kelli and Joe Havranek?

Award Plaque Inscription:

Sixth Annual New York State
Private Property Rights Defender Award
2003

Presented Jointly to
Kelli & Joseph Havranek

In Recognition of Their Defense of
Constitutionally Guaranteed Private Property Rights in
The State of New York


Dana Berliner
Award Presentation
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Dana Berliner Award Presentation

 

Each year from the beginning of our annual conferences, we have presented one award that recognizes a person who has made a great contribution to the defense of private property rights. We are honored this year to recognize a woman whose work against the use of eminent domain to transfer properties from ordinary holders to the wealthy and powerful is making a storm across this country.

We wish to express our appreciation to Dana Berliner, senior counsel of the Institute for Justice, who will shortly deliver the keynote address, for her work on behalf of the shopkeepers, homeowners, and property owners of all sorts of occupations who live on Main Streets from New York to California, to preserve their "castles" from being taken for someone else who is favored for "redevelopment."

Award Plaque Inscription:

 

Seventh Annual
Private Property Rights Advocate Award
2003

Presented to
Dana Berliner

In Recognition of her Dedication to the
Preservation of Human Rights Guaranteed in the
United States Constitution

 

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