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Decision garnered national attention as requirement would have made Indiana one of the most restrictive states to obtain an abortion April 3, 2017 In a joint news conference today, the ACLU of...
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana distributed over 1,200 pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions around downtown Indy, all in under 30 minutes. September 15 marked the ACLU of Indiana's...
Please join the ACLU of Indiana in Bloomington on Sept. 6 to learn about actions and policies that are threatening our core American values. Come hear state and local advocates talk about what they...
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It is our mission to promote, protect and defend the rights, liberties and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions to all people in Indiana. What exactly does that mean?
It means the ACLU of Indiana can help you if you think your rights have been violated by a government agency or organization, including town government, schools, police officers or the state of Indiana. Among the issues we can address:
If you believe your constitutional rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the ACLU. Please note that we have limited resources and are unable to pursue every case that comes to our attention.
There are some cases that we do not get involved in, such as evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, criminal prosecutions, divorce and personal abuse, child custody or wills. If you need legal assistance for any of these areas, please visit the Other resources to get help page for a list of other organizations that may be able to assist you.
We will respond to your complaint within 6 to 8 weeks. If we do take your case and represent you, our services are free.
Please join the ACLU of Indiana in Bloomington on Sept. 6 to learn about actions and policies that are threatening our core American values. Come hear state and local advocates talk about what they are doing and what you can do to stand up for what's right. The event will feature activists who fight for reproductive health, women's rights, immigrant rights, racial and social justice. They will share their own struggles and the biggest issues facing us all. Pizza will be provided.
Panel speakers include:
-Jane Henegar: Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana
-Christie Gillespie: CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
-Alexis Burr: Member on the Commission on Multicultural Understanding and former Director of Campus Unity on the Indiana Memorial Union Board
-Luma Khabbaz: President, Muslim Student Association of IU
-Esmeralda Martinez: President, UndocuHoosiers Bloomington
Where: Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Moot Court Room, 1st floor, 211 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington
When: Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
Partners for this event include Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Black Law Students Association, and IU Maurer School of Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
A SURVIVAL GUIDE, FORT WAYNE EDITION
Our rights are under attack. Things are moving quickly. Are you prepared?
Join us for "A Survival Guide," part of our First Wednesday's educational series.
A Survival Guide
Wednesday, June 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
3402 Fairfield Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Hear from the ACLU of Indiana and other community advocates on how to stand up for what's right the in the face of threats and policies that undermine our core American values. I will moderate a panel including:
Ahmed Abdelmageed, member of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana Board of Directors and Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Community Engagement at Manchester UniversityKit Malone, the ACLU of Indiana's Transgender Education and Advocacy consultantMelissa A. Rinehart, Ph.D., Lead Organizer for Welcoming Fort WayneWanda Savala, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's Public Affairs Manager
Thanks so much for your willingness to defend our shared values of fairness and freedom. It will take all of us.
Special thanks to the event's co-sponsor, the Wunderkammer Company.
Decision garnered national attention as requirement would have made Indiana one of the most restrictive states to obtain an abortion
In a joint news conference today, the ACLU of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) shared in the victory of being granted a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana regarding the ultrasound requirement in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337.
"HEA 1337 required women to travel, often great distances, to obtain an ultrasound and then at least 18 hours later, return for an abortion. The court found that this new requirement resulted in a real impediment to women and served no legitimate purpose," said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana Legal Director. "The court concluded, by granting the preliminary injunction, that PPINK was likely to ultimately succeed in its claim that the law was unconstitutional as an undue burden on a woman's constitutional rights."
Over the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation's parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. And yet, in several states including Indiana, legislators have followed up on this exuberant activism with proposed bills that are not only far less inspiring, but also unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional.
Disappointingly, SB 285 is one such bill.
Even though these bills are cloaked with concerns about obstruction or public safety, their effect is singular: chilling protest and suppressing dissent. It is disappointing that our lawmakers would rather silence the voices of their constituents than listen and engage with them. It is unconstitutional and un-American and we at the ACLU are doing everything we can to stop it.
Editors: Please contact Christy Glesing at (317) 667-5991 for more information or to publish.
The First Amendment and existing federal and state law protect religious speech and mandate certain accommodations for religious exercise in government institutions. What the First Amendment does not permit is government endorsement of, or preference for, religious speech and subject matter in public schools.
By forcing public schools to introduce religious curricula and open up public for a for religious speech, HB 1024 puts teachers and school administrators at risk of violating the First Amendment. In sum, HB 1024 takes away the autonomy of school districts to avoid policies and practices that make them susceptible to legal challenges under the United States Constitution.
A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years will be held in cities across Indiana this year. Registration for these free community discussions featuring local panelists will open soon.
Hear from the ACLU of Indiana and other community advocates on how to stand up for what's right the in the face of threats and policies that undermine our core American values.
June 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location and panelists to be determined soon, but you can still RSVP today!
No doubt, the distinctions between the First Amendment's protections for an individual's free exercise of religion and the First Amendment's prohibition against government's endorsement of religion can be confusing and complicated. However, each of the arguments that Mr. Heck [ACLU declares 'war' on the Constitution, 12/18/16] presents has been addressed and squarely rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here is what past U.S. Supreme Court decisions say about the issues surrounding the town of Knightstown's decision to place a cross on top of a Christmas tree in the town square:
Updated: Dec. 13, 2016
On Dec. 12, Knightstown officials removed a religious symbol from the town square in response to a lawsuit filed Dec. 8 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Knightstown, Ind. resident Joseph Tompkins. The lawsuit challenges the Town of Knightstown's display of a Latin cross on a large evergreen tree on the square. The tree is also decorated with lights and ornaments in celebration of Christmas. The plaintiff, citing a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, sought only to have the religious symbol removed, and did not seek monetary damages for the suit. Attorneys are looking at a resolution to this case.
In 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in ACLU of Illinois v. City of St. Charles, affirmed a preliminary injunction stopping the City of St. Charles from displaying a cross on a television antenna that was on top of its fire department.
"The cross is the best known symbol of Christianity and Knightstown's prominent display of this symbol represents an establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director.