The privacy implications of drones continue to raise concern around the country. Since the ACLU's 2011 report and before, we have been warning about the potential privacy implications of this...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 27, 2015 Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is challenging a state law that took effect on July 1 that makes it a potential felony...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, August 13, 2015 Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana issued the following statement in response to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's announcement...
Gilbert L. Holmes, Oct. 24, 1935 - June 24, 2015 July 15, 2015 We are extremely sad to acknowledge the passing of our colleague, friend and former executive director, Gilbert L. Holmes. Gil...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, June 26, 2015 Indianapolis – Today in a landmark ruling the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex couples' freedom to marry in all 50...
For the last four decades, this country has relentlessly expanded our criminal justice system, needlessly throwing away too many lives and trillions of taxpayer dollars. Our nation's addiction to...
August 25, 2015
According to the 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index, Indiana is third in the nation for social connectivity through family relationships and 20th for individual participation in group associations. Yet, only 69 percent of us registered to vote in the last presidential election—putting us at 37th in the country—and our participation in school, neighborhood and community associations has declined, moving us to 44th nationally.
September 17 of every year is Constitution Day, a day to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. In 2004, Congress passed a law mandating any school receiving federal funds of any kind provide educational programming on the significance of this event. The American Civil Liberties Union has made Constitution Day programming in schools across the country an educational priority. The ACLU of Indiana is matching trained volunteers with classrooms in Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs in 2015. If you are an educator who wishes to have this programming in your classroom in the coming school year, please sign up below!
June 26, 2015
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were....It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves....They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered.
--Supreme Court of the United States, Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26, 2015
Friday's historic decision is a joyous one for same-sex couples across the nation and for everyone who wants to participate fully in our society and enter, in front of friends and family, into the lifelong commitment of marriage with the person they love.
From First Amendment topics of free speech and religious liberty, to the privacy issues posed by emerging technologies, to marriage equality and community policing — at your request over the past year we've taken our popular First Wednesdays lunchtime discussions to communities in Evansville, South Bend, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Gary.
In 2015, we'll be taking these conversations once again to six more communities statewide! Sign up for ACLU email alerts to stay informed about events near you and ways you can take action on issues.
Thursday, September 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
Friday September 4, 11 to 1 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library
303 E Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
Free speech and association are among the rights protected by the First Amendment, but how do those rights apply in a library setting? How have courts settled on the privacy rights of library users? What are the responsibilities of librarians to protect users' privacy? Join ACLU of Indiana Advocacy Director Katie Blair as she leads a discussion on the constitutional rights of librarians and library users. The event, sponsored by the Library Freedom Project, is free and open to the public. More
Thursday, September 17, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bloomington and Lafayette, Ind., locations TBA
Test your knowledge of current events, pop culture, the Constitution and civil liberties, all while supporting the ACLU of Indiana! Social hour 6-7 p.m.; Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Teams of five may sign up, and there will be prizes for the winners.
FIESTA Indianapolis will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12-10 p.m., at the American Legion Mall and Veterans Memorial Plaza, Downtown Indianapolis. Be sure to visit our booth and pick up information about your civil liberties in English and in Spanish!
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Indianapolis – The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is challenging a state law that took effect on July 1 that makes it a potential felony for Hoosiers to take a picture of their election ballot or to share it on social networks, saying the law violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
"The Fourth Amendment provides the right of people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director. "The ordinance and planned warrantless inspection of our client's property is unconstitutional."
Indianapolis – A man whose residential property was searched without his permission and without a warrant, who lives under threat of a repeated non-consensual search of his property, is challenging the section of a town ordinance that permits the search, claiming it violates Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
"The right to vote is fundamental in a democracy," said Jan Mensz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney. "Therefore, any attempt to impinge on that right must be justified by sufficiently weighty government interests. This statute does not meet that test."
Indianapolis – A law that took effect last month prohibiting people who have committed certain sex offenses from entering school property is being challenged by a Blackford County man on behalf of himself and potentially hundreds of others whose polling places are located on school property.