Resources for Families & People at Risk

Resources for Families & People at Risk

Since the election we've received a tremendous outpouring of support, and we want you to know we are working diligently to address everyone's concerns. As we gather this season around holiday...

Know Your Rights While Protesting

Know Your Rights While Protesting

The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. But it is also unfortunately true that governments and police can violate this right –...

Post-election: the ACLU springs to action across the country

Post-election: the ACLU springs to action across the country

FEEL LIKE YOU'RE AT RISK? The ACLU has compiled a list of resources to help you. Since Election Day, the ACLU has seen a renewed sense of urgency from hundreds of thousands of Americans to...

First Wednesdays: Announcing 2017 Dates & Locations

First Wednesdays: Announcing 2017 Dates & Locations

First Wednesdays 2017 Calendar February 8, 2017 – Indianapolis April 5, 2017 – East Chicago June 7 – Fort Wayne Sept. 6 – New Albany Nov. 1 – Bloomington About First Wednesdays Since...

VICTORY! U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Indiana's Effort to Prevent Resettlement of Syrian Refugee Families

VICTORY! U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Indiana's Effort to Prevent Resettlement of Syrian Refugee Families

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...

  • Resources for Families & People at Risk

  • Know Your Rights While Protesting

  • Post-election: the ACLU springs to action across the country

  • First Wednesdays: Announcing 2017 Dates & Locations

  • VICTORY! U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Indiana's Effort to Prevent Resettlement of Syrian Refugee...

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Thanksgiving letter from ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar

Nov. 17, 2016

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My View: By Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director

The first president's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation still speaks to America:

"We are thankful... for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge...."

—George Washington, 1789

The same year George Washington wrote these words, the Bill of Rights was introduced. Those first amendments to our Constitution are the bedrock for the individual liberties we all enjoy as Americans: your rights to religious liberty, free speech and assembly, a free press and privacy. These and other freedoms are essential to a functioning democracy.

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ACLU Challenges Sign Ordinance Limiting Political Expression

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Oct. 31, 2016

Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bedford, Ind. resident who is challenging a newly enacted city ordinance regulating yard signs that has the effect of stifling his political expression. The lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the First and the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 "The Ordinance's limitation of one general use sign on a resident's lawn is a particularly oppressive during election time when citizens wish to voice their support and opposition for multiple candidates and political issues." —Jan Menz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney

The ACLU of Indiana filed the case against the City of Bedford on behalf of Samuel Shaw, who is seeking to stop the city from enforcing City Ordinance 15-2016, which was enacted in September.

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VICTORY! Case Managers Win Appeal Challenging DCS Staffing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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.

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VICTORY! U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Indiana's Effort to Prevent Resettlement of Syrian Refugee Families

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 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.

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ACLU of Indiana Sues City of Lawrenceburg for Discrimination against People with Disabilities

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.

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Happy Constitution Day!

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.

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ACLU of Indiana Files Lawsuit for Mother in Wheelchair Excluded from Christmas Program

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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ACLU of Indiana Will Give Away 1,000 Pocket U.S. Constitutions on Monument Circle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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