Each year, OCA presents the Crystal Eagle to an individual who has made a substantial contribution toward advancing private property rights. By presenting the award, OCA seeks not only to highlight and honor an individual’s dedication and efforts to further the cause of private ownership but also to bring attention to private property rights, the use and misuse of eminent domain and the core beliefs held by OCA and its members that the right to own property is constitutionally guaranteed and fundamental to American society. A few past recipients of OCA’s distinguished Crystal Eagle include: Professor Gideon Kanner (2001), Dana Berliner, (2002), Journalist Phil Reisman (2004), Professor James Ely who wrote the award winning book, “The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights” (2006), Professor David Callies (2016), Puerto Rican eminent domain activist Luis Gallardo-Rivera (2018), Efrén C. Olivares, Director of the Racial and Economic Justice program for the Texas Civil Rights Project (2019), and Christina Walsh, Director of Activism and Coalitions for the Institute for Justice (2020).
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