National ACLU exhibit makes debut in Indianapolis

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A traveling exhibit celebrating the American Civil Liberties Union’s 90th anniversary will be unveiled in Indianapolis Friday.

The exhibit highlights the work of the organization over the last nine decades and illustrates the organization’s major contributions to defending the freedoms promised in the Constitution. It provides a historical overview of the ACLU’s achievements since its founding in 1920. It includes stories on John Scopes, the teacher accused of violating a Tennessee state law against the teaching of evolution in the 1920s; Ozzie Powell, one of the "Scottsboro Boys" sentenced to death in Alabama in the 1930s for allegedly raping a white woman, a crime he did not commit; and Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple charged in the 1960s with violating Virginia's "Racial Integrity Act.”

Legislation that the ACLU had a major role in passing will also be in the exhibit, including the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as well as other civil liberty milestones, such as upholding free speech and privacy on the Internet.

The exhibit will be on display at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library through Sept. 16. The exhibit will also visit many other states including Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee. It’s also available online as an interactive exhibit.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.