ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

Suit claims intentional discrimination against individuals with disabilities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 14, 2017 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript...

Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

"Intolerance will not be tolerated in Indiana—especially toward young people in our schools," Kit Malone, Transgender Education, ACLU of Indiana   View the live Facebook video of the news...

5 Things You Can Do - April 4, 2017

5 Things You Can Do - April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017 As long as there is an American Civil Liberties Union (and we've been around for nearly 100 years), we will take a stand for what is right. We're stronger when you stand with us. We...

Resources for Families & People at Risk

Resources for Families & People at Risk

FEEL LIKE YOU'RE AT RISK? The ACLU has compiled a list of resources to help you. Since the election we've received a tremendous outpouring of support, and we want you to know we are working...

  • ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

  • Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

  • 5 Things You Can Do - April 4, 2017

  • Resources for Families & People at Risk

Other resources to get help

Here are some links to several other organizations who may be able to help.

Indiana Civil Rights Commission

www.in.gov/icrc 
1-800-628-2909
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) investigates complaints of discrimination and educates organizations and individuals on their rights and responsibilities under Indiana Civil Rights Laws.

Indiana Courts Self-Service Legal Center

www.in.gov/judiciary/selfservice 
The Self-Service Legal Center provides information, court forms and other resources for people who represent themselves in court. It is suggested that, even if you use the forms on this site, you still talk with an attorney prior to submitting any forms in court.

IndianaLegalAnswers.org

www.indianalegalservices.org 
IndianaLegalAnswers.org allows eligible clients to post legal questions to a private, confidential messaging system. The questions are answered by private attorneys at no cost to the client.

Indiana Legal Services

www.indianalegalservices.org 
1-800-869-0212
Indiana Legal Services (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people through the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients with legal problems that harm their ability to access basic needs such as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Services

www.nclegalclinic.org 
317-429-4131
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic offers pro bono legal representation and preventive legal education to low-income families, including immigrant families in the Marion County Area.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

www.eeoc.gov 
1-800-669-4000
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

Indiana 2-1-1

www.in211.dreamhosters.com 
Calling 2-1-1 from any phone is a simple way in Indiana to connect to legal assistance as well as food, shelter and housing assistance, counseling resources and more.

Latest News

ACLU of Indiana Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

April 12, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit April 12, 2017, demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans.

The action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country. The ACLU of Indiana lawsuit is seeking records from its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office. In particular, the lawsuit seeks records related to CBP's implementation of President Trump's Muslim bans at Indianapolis International Airport.

The ACLU first sought this information through FOIA requests submitted to CBP on February 2. Since the government has failed to substantively respond, the ACLU is now suing.

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ACLU, PPINK Pleased by Court Ruling on Ultrasound Requirement

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 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."

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ACLU Speaks Out About Senate Bill 285 - Traffic Obstruction by Protestors

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarOver 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.

Statement on House Bill 1024 - Prayer in Schools

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarFebruary 22, 2017

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.

 

2017 First Wednesdays Lineup

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.

  • April 5 - Gary
  • June 7 - Fort Wayne
  • September 6 - Bloomington
  • November 8 - Indianapolis

 

Gary: A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years

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.

April 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Indiana University Northwest
Bergland Auditorium in the Savannah Center

Panelists will be: 

  • Katie Blair - Director of Advocacy, ACLU of Indiana
  • Sherry Hunter - President, Calumet Lives Matter
  • Jessica Renslow, M. Ed - Community Builder and Educational Technologist
  • Rima Shahid - Executive Director, Muslim Alliance of Indiana 

RSVP today!

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ACLU Declares War Only on Violations of the Constitution

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane Henegar webNo 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:

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ACLU files suit for Knightstown resident challenging religious display

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.

Click here for a copy of the lawsuit 

Click here for a copy of the Memorandum in Support for Motion of Preliminary Injunction

ACLU Challenges Sign Ordinance Limiting Political Expression

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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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