By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

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.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 8:45pm

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By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

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.

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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:45pm

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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, Indiana University Muslim Student Association
  • Esmeralda Martinez: President, UndocuHoosiers Bloomington

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to
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