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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS—Groups that fight against discrimination and stand up for the rights and protections of all individuals, including the ACLU of Indiana, Brothers United of Indianapolis, Sisters United of Indianapolis, Freedom Indiana, and Indiana Youth Group, came together today and spoke in solidarity against the Trump administration's rescission, yesterday, of Title IX guidelines issued by President Obama in May of 2016.
"We are deeply disappointed by the Trump administration's decision to roll back guidance that simply urges schools to treat transgender students with the same respect and dignity as their classmates," said Kit Malone, Transgender Education and Advocacy Program Consultant, ACLU of Indiana. "Transgender students face discrimination in schools and experience worse educational outcomes, and poorer psychological well-being, than their peers. We should be fighting to protect our nation's children instead of turning our backs on them."
Since the election we've received a tremendous outpouring of support, and we want you to know we are working diligently to address everyone's concerns. As we gather this season around holiday tables, we can all be ready to have a civil discussion about our concerns and what actions we can take. Here are some resources to help you.
When Donald J. Trump takes the Presidential Oath, We the People will also take an oath. The People's Oath, a social media and digital campaign gives everyone the opportunity to take their own oath to support and defend the Constitution and to signal that together we stand ready to defend and protect everyone's rights.
Please take a moment to watch the video and take the oath yourself and reach out to your family friends, colleagues, and neighbors to urge them to do the same.
Dec. 12, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, on behalf of Mary Hazel Upton against the Town of Clarksville, Indiana, alleging violations of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit challenges the city's warrantless inspections of Upton's property and two town ordinances, Indiana Code of Ordinances, Section 97.03 and Clarksville Ordinance No. 20115-G-05, which have been cited by town officials as justification for entering her property without permission and without a warrant.
Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director, said "The non-consensual and warrantless inspection of our client's property is unconstitutional."
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.
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.
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.