I wrote an introduction to the Greater Lafayette ACLU, as we’re getting a ton of attention after the 2016 general election. People panicked about threats to civil liberties want to know how to contribute to local efforts.
The Greater Lafayette ACLU feeds into the Indiana ACLU, which is supported by the national ACLU. We support the IN-ALCU by helping to amplify state efforts, educate the public about our activities, and raise funds for litigation costs. Our responsibilities are as follows:
The GLACLU funds educational initiatives in Greater Lafayette and supports the state ACLU’s research, education, and litigation efforts.
The Indiana ACLU brings cases against government entities on behalf of Hoosiers whose rights have been curbed by anti-Constitutional laws brought within the state. Led by Jane Henegar and litigated by Bloomington attorney and professor Ken Falk, the Indiana chapter has an extremely successful record of litigation. Recent victories include:
- Successfully litigating against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which legalized the ability for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQI Hoosiers.
- Successfully litigating that DCS social workers have the right to bring a class action lawsuit holding the state accountable for the failure of DCS to adequately staff the agency as required by law.
- Successfully litigating to prevent the State of Indiana from taking any actions to interfere with or attempt to deter the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana.
- Litigating on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in an ongoing case to prevent unconstitutional restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers when Indiana passed the strictest abortion law in the United States.