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Name: Kevin McElmurry
Professional Background: Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University Northwest
Relevant volunteer experience: See Candidate Statement
ACLU Experience: See Candidate Statement
I moved to the Calumet region of Northwest Indiana in 2009 to take a faculty position at Indiana University Northwest. I am now Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Since relocating to "the region," I have developed a fresh perspective on the vital role that strong voices for civil liberties and social justice can play in an area of the state characterized by multiple and cross-cutting dimensions of diversity and inequality. I feel that my academic training, professional experience, and position here in Northwest Indiana provide me with the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for this part of the state. Indeed it is a commitment to fostering social justice and understanding the forces that drive inequality that originally brought me to my chosen academic discipline, sociology. As a faculty member, I have served on, and chaired, numerous action committees at the local, state, and national levels. I very much enjoy collaborating on innovative and impactful projects with others who are passionate about working toward a just and fair society. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as an at-large board member for the ACLU of Indiana. I would like to continue contributing my time, energy, and talents to furthering the ACLU mission, defending individual rights and preserving liberties that are grounded in the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Indiana.
Name: Jeanette L. Jones
Professional background: Retired teacher with a doctorate in Education.
Relevant volunteer experience: Volunteer tax preparer for the AARP; Patient services volunteer for The American Cancer Society and Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center.
ACLU Experience: I completed the previous Eastern Area representative's current term on the Board of Directors beginning in October, 2014.
Having finished the previous Eastern Area representative's term on the Board of Directors, I have had an opportunity to witness the important work the ACLU does in Indiana. After a career educating and advocating for children and adults with disabilities, being on the board is a way to continue advancing the the rights of those whose voices are often ignored, and to continue to eliminate discrimination of the differently-abled, the poor, minorities, and those deprived of equal opportunities. My participation on the board has also given me an opportunity to see how vigilant we need to be to protect the rights of all citizens in Indiana, and the right of citizens to address their grievances with representation. I find it encouraging to know that the ACLU of Indiana is there to advance these rights and to oppose unconstitutional legislation and institutional discrimination.
The ACLU of Indiana is dedicated to defending individual rights and preserving liberties that are grounded in the United States and Indiana Constitutions and civil rights laws.
The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a statewide affiliate of the ACLU headquartered in New York, which was founded in 1920. Established in 1953 as the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), the ACLU of Indiana adopted its current name in 2006. We bring cases against government entities to protect the rights of individuals and groups. The ACLU of Indiana is nonpartisan and does not endorse political candidates. A nonprofit membership organization, we do not receive public funds, tax dollars or government support. Our strength comes from more than 4,000 supporters whose tax-deductible donations fund our free legal services and educational outreach, and whose annual membership dues support advocacy, organizing and lobbying activities to promote civil liberties.
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