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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 3, 2016 Indianapolis – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a federal court ruling that prohibits the State of Indiana from taking any...
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Oct. 25, 2016
Decision reverses trial court's order to dismiss, saying case managers have a right to bring an action to force DCS to comply with state law
Indianapolis – Today the Court of Appeals of Indiana handed a victory to case managers at the Indiana Department of Child Services more than a year after they filed a class action lawsuit challenging the failure of DCS to adequately staff the agency as required by law.
In July, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana brought the class-action lawsuit against DCS on behalf of case manager Mary Price and other case managers for violating Indiana Code § 31-25-2-5, which mandates the maximum number of caseloads case managers may have. Today's decision reverses the trial court's Feb., 2016 order to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that case managers have a right to bring an action under mandate to force DCS to comply with the statutory caseload maximums. The case has been remanded to the trial court.
Oct. 24, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is deeply saddened by the passing of former executive director Barbara Williamson, age 74, on Oct. 8. Williamson led the ACLU of Indiana from 1973 to 1979 after having volunteered at the organization. During her tenure, the then ICLU won an injunction that allowed it to rent a booth at the Indiana State Fair after it had been denied that right for being "too controversial." Under her leadership, the ICLU also successfully took on the Indiana Textbook Commission's efforts to add an overtly creationist textbook to the biology curriculum.
More about Williamson's work at the ACLU of Indiana can be found here: http://www.aclu-in.org/about/our-history/46-reflections-from-former-aclu-of-indiana-executive-directors.
Barbara Williamson's obituary may be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=181886956.
If the 2016 Election has your stomach tied up in knots, you're not alone. In May, a psychologist told The Atlantic magazine that two-thirds to three-fourths of the 300 patients seen at his practice mentioned election anxiety. Everyone has been affected, and our symptoms have worsened with the overwhelming quantity and inconsistent quality of information and analysis.
A free press earned its spot in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because of its role in educating and enlightening citizens, and thus enabling us to practice self-government. But the rules have changed, the press has been vilified and social media, Super PACs and a 24/7 news cycle—to name some of the issues—have created what seem to be alternate realities.
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Oct. 3, 2016
Indianapolis – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a federal court ruling that prohibits the State of Indiana from taking any actions to interfere with or attempt to deter the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, including by withholding funds and services to resettlement groups and the refugees they serve.
"The Court of Appeals' decision underscores what we have said throughout this litigation," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. "Governor Pence may not constitutionally or legally discriminate against a particular nationality of refugees that are extensively vetted by the federal government."
The lawsuit filed in November, 2015 was brought by Exodus Refugee Immigration, a nonprofit resettlement agency, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national, which said the state's actions to discriminate against Syrian refugees on the basis of national origin violate both equal protection and civil rights laws and intrude on authority that is exclusively federal.
Sept. 27, 2016
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit against the City of Lawrenceburg, Ind. today on behalf of an organization that assists people with disabilities, saying the city has engaged in "intentional discrimination" by preventing the organization from building a supported living home for people with disabilities. The lawsuit claims that the city violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in addition to Indiana law and several federal statutes that protect people with disabilities.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, "The Constitution, federal law and Indiana law are clear that this obvious discrimination against people with intellectual an developmental disabilities is prohibited."
The case was filed on behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation, Inc., which serves the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the southeast Indiana counties of Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland. The organization provides a variety of services to its clients, including job training and community-based employment, day services and individualized home and respite care and supports in five homes it already operates. In 2013, New Horizons was donated property in Lawrenceburg with the understanding that a home for individuals with disabilities would be built on the site.
Sept. 16, 2016
Constitution Day recognizes the anniversary of the signing of the document that unites us as a people.
It is the Constitution's birthday, but today 1,000 lucky people on Monument Circle in Indianapolis received a present: a pocket Constitution they can keep on-hand for quick access to our rights and shared values.
Every year the ACLU celebrates Constitution Day. Every day it is our job to hold government accountable to the promises of the Constitution. We have defended Constitutional rights countless times, for almost 100 years, including on behalf of the following organizations that joined us today and the individuals they serve: Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Freedom Indiana, Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Immigrant Welcome Center, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.
Sept. 15, 2016
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit today under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act on behalf of a woman who for the past two years was excluded from attending her child's Christmas program because the venue did not accommodate her wheelchair.
"People with disabilities are not second-class citizens and governmental entities may not have programs that exclude them," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana Legal Director.
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Sept. 12, 2016
Indianapolis– The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will join several community partners to distribute 1,000 pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions to the public and hold a voter registration drive on Constitution Day, Friday, Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
"The ACLU's role is to protect the rights of everyone, and we are thrilled that more people than ever are expressing an interest in their constitutional rights and the rights of their neighbors, said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar.