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Who knew that a little pocket-sized Constitution would become the most talked about accessory of the fall?
The ACLU of Indiana will be giving away 1,000 pocket Constitutions on Monument Circle in Indianapolis from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 16 in honor of Constitution Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787.
The United States Constitution is the most precious document in our nation's history: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the very foundations of the freedoms we hold dear in this country, and are the basis by which justice can be determined in our courts of law. The ACLU is dedicated to defending constitutional rights and protecting liberties for future generations of Americans.
Our partners for the event include: Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Freedom Indiana, Greater Indianapolis NAACP, Immigrant Welcome Center, Muslim Alliance of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
Constitution Day is just around the corner! We celebrate Constitution Day every year on Sept. 17, but because that date falls on a Saturday, we are observing Constitution Day this year on Friday, Sept. 16.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is pleased to announce the launch of an all-new Constitution Day website! The resources provided on these pages are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that teachers across the state of Indiana have everything they need to fulfill the Congressional requirement that any school receiving federal funds of any kind provide educational programming on the significance of Constitution Day (36 U.S. Code § 106, 2004).
We hope you will use these resources on Constitution Day and throughout the year to foster a greater understanding of the beauty and timeless value of constitutional rights in a free society and in the Hoosier state.
Be sure to visit our new Constitution Day website and learn how these resources can help students celebrate this day every day of the year!
August 24, 2016
Late yesterday The Indianapolis Star and other news media outlets reported on a police shooting of an Indianapolis man. The following statement may be attributed to ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar:
"The shooting yesterday by IMPD is a tragedy. Our sympathies go out to the victim and to his family. There is still much more to be learned as this investigation unfolds. In this and all such incidents, the ACLU of Indiana encourages law enforcement officials to conduct a thorough and objective investigation and to be transparent and forthcoming with releasing information to the public."
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July 7, 2016
Indianapolis – New ultrasound requirements passed into law on July 1 are being challenged today in a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, national ACLU and national Planned Parenthood on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The new restrictions, for which there is no medical justification, create an undue burden on a woman's right to obtain an abortion protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
July 6, 2016
Today the ACLU of Indiana released this statement in response to reports that the City of Beech Grove will shut down its social media sites at 12 p.m. EST today:
"While the City of Beech Grove's decision to shut down its Facebook pages is unfortunate, we hope it is a temporary measure taken toward implementing a policy that ensures fair and equal treatment of its citizens' diverse viewpoints," said Jan Mensz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney. "Beech Grove is certainly not unique in its endeavor to provide public spaces for comment. Many municipalities use social media sites in ways that respect the rights of citizens to express differing viewpoints, as is their right under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These were the rights our plaintiffs were seeking in this case, and there is nothing in the lawsuit that forces the city to shut down its social media sites."
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June 29, 2016
"When a government entity opens up a space for public comment, it cannot regulate those comments based upon someone's viewpoint," said Jan Mensz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney.
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit today on behalf of two women challenging the City of Beech Grove for its removal of Facebook postings from their sites and for blocking them from posting future comments, saying the city's actions violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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Thurs., June 30, 2016
"The United States Supreme Court has stated in categorical terms that a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability."—Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Indianapolis – A federal judge today granted Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction, blocking key features of an anti-abortion measure scheduled to go into effect July 1. The law would have imposed unprecedented, unconstitutional restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers and was the strictest abortion law in the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, national ACLU and national Planned Parenthood are representing Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in this case.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, "This law attempted to do exactly what Supreme Court precedent said could not be done: invade a woman's privacy rights by preventing her from deciding whether to obtain a pre-viability abortion. We are extremely pleased that Indiana's attempt to violate women's basic rights has been thwarted."
June 9, 2016
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit today on behalf of a group that advocates for the legalization of marijuana that requested and was denied permission to hold a rally on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse in Lafayette. The lawsuit claims that government officials' denial of the group's request is a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Indianapolis – A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit late yesterday sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and several plaintiffs with disabilities who challenged a state agency's changes to Indiana's Medicaid Waiver programs, changes that limit the ability of Hoosiers to become active members of their communities and, ultimately, put them at risk of losing their independence and being institutionalized.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: Facts in the case regarding treatment of people with disabilities "stick a knife in the state's argument"
The programs, which serve thousands of Hoosiers, offer services that enable people to live in their communities even though their disabling conditions would otherwise require that they be placed in an institution.