Helping Students-Special Ed Part I

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Want to help your child achieve their dreams? You might have a child that has been diagnosed with a disability, or you might have a child that has had an accident or chronic condition, and they might be entitled assistance in school. While not all medical diagnoses nor all conditions trigger assistance, you’d be surprised at the range of conditions that might qualify for recognition and be able to be leveraged to help your child achieve their greatest potential. What … Read More

When Housing Ads Discriminate

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It’s 2017, and we’d never see a “Whites Only” ad for an apartment…Right?? Think again. Illegal practices have gotten more difficult to detect, but they still exist (in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, in private and public life). Earlier this month, social justice advocates raised concerns with two real estate advertisements, and rightly so. Rather than describe the features of the house, the company attempted to paint a picture of the neighborhood by reference to religion, race, and ethnicity. Were … Read More

50 Years After Loving

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50 years ago, the Loving’s fought back against Virginia’s “Racial Integrity Act” that prohibited interracial marriage and won. On the anniversary of that decision, it is only right to give thanks to the couple that started us on the course towards marriage equality. But the case also brings up a disturbing trend in civil rights and the secret code words and weak legal arguments that opponents use to defend their efforts. In the first half of the 20th century, lawmakers … Read More

Civil Rights Victory for LGBT Students and Employees

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LGBT advocates and community members have a two extra reasons to celebrate Indiana’s Pride festivals this year! In less than two month’s time, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana) has determined that discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity ARE forms of sex discrimination in the school and employment settings. Just yesterday, in a case that has civil rights advocates cautiously optimistic, the 7th Circuit paved the way for transgender students to claim protection under the … Read More

The Right to Work & Civil Rights

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Civil rights advocates of today can seek guidance from a decision issued 125 years ago. Antoinette Dakin Leach, challenged the denial of her admission to practice law in 1893 because she was not a voter and won. Judge Hackney wrote for the Indiana Supreme Court that “(t)here is a higher law in this country, . . . that law which accords to every citizen the natural right to gain a livelihood by intelligence, honesty, and industry in the arts, the … Read More

The Right to Vote Shall Not be Denied on Account of Sex-19th Amendment

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Transgender Voting Rights Hoosiers already face barriers to voting, from antiquated deadlines to strict photo ID requirements that are insurmountable for many. And one requirement hits transgender Hoosiers particularly hard—the identity requirement. Whether it’s identity documents or poll workers that impose barriers to your right to vote, the stakes are too high to sit this one out. An estimated 18,223 eligible Hoosiers could face societal barriers to voting due to their transgender status on November 8, 2016.  And it’s estimated … Read More

Thousands of Hoosiers Entitled to Vote by Mail

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First Responders and voters without transportation are now able to vote by mail! Indiana has expanded the number of Hoosiers entitled to vote an absentee ballot by mail over the last several years. There used to be a time in Indiana, when absentee voting was severely limited to those who were physically unable to be present on election day to vote at their polls. In the 90’s absentee voting in the clerk’s office was opened up to anyone regardless of … Read More

Today’s SCOTUS Decision a Victory for Reproductive Health Advocates

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Even missing one member of the Supreme Court, justices voted 5-3 that some of Texas’ abortions restrictions placed an “undue burden” on a women’s right to access an abortion pre-viability and therefore violate the United States Constitution. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote “It is beyond rational belief that H. B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women . . ” Struck down were the following two provisions: (1) requiring clinics to meet the standards of a hospital operating room; … Read More

Injured at the Hands of Government?

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Police misconduct makes headlines, but there are multiple instances where people are injured at the hands of government. Examples include: Students denied equal access to education Citizens denied the right to vote Inmates denied medically appropriate care Loved ones wrongfully convicted Individuals arrested for recording police stops Persons denied free speech or religious rights Persons involuntarily committed without due process Communities subjected to racial profiling and illegal policing Retaliation by government on whistleblowers Sometimes injuries are due to bad actors, … Read More

Intersection of LGBT Rights and Women’s Rights

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Our history is replete with draconian laws that subject LGBT individuals to criminal prosecution; employment, marriage, adoption, and housing bans; deportation; and denial of health care.  So too, have women faced unjust restrictions over their reproductive autonomy.  In both cases, lawmakers cited unsubstantiated public health and scientific claims to justify these civil rights violations. On March 2, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in its first abortion case in 20 years, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. The … Read More