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JCRC — Swastikas drawn in boy’s restroom at Pike High School
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JCRC — Swastikas drawn in boy’s restroom at Pike High School

“It’s happening more and more,” said JCRC executive director Lindsey Mintz. ” The JCRC probably gets one or two calls a month from families who have had something in a classroom, through social media, between students.”

MAi — IMPD captain: ‘Everyone agrees diversity is important. So why hasn’t it happened yet?’
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MAi — IMPD captain: ‘Everyone agrees diversity is important. So why hasn’t it happened yet?’

Indianapolis is taking its community policing initiative to a new level by involving citizens in its hiring practices. But who better, Walton asks. These men and women — from the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Baptist Minsters Alliance, the Jewish Community Council and the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, to name a few — are immersed in issues of race, ethnicity, religion and gender daily.

JCRC — Nazi symbols appear on walls at Pike High School for second day in a row
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JCRC — Nazi symbols appear on walls at Pike High School for second day in a row

“Nearly one third of all Jewish youth under the age of 17 had experienced anti-Semitism in the last year,” says the Council’s Lindsey Mintz. She cited a recent Indianapolis survey. Part of a national uptick in anti-Semitism including swastikas displays.

CHIP — Councilor’s panhandling reduction plan irks homeless advocates
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CHIP — Councilor’s panhandling reduction plan irks homeless advocates

Caleb Sutton, interim executive director at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) Interim Executive Director, said he is opposed to the plan as it’s currently written. 

He released a statement saying in part: “Currently, our City does not have the capacity to house individuals experiencing homelessness during the day, given the fact most shelters only open in the evening.”

CHIP — Mobilization to defend the homeless in Indianapolis
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CHIP — Mobilization to defend the homeless in Indianapolis

An Indianapolis Star article cites a Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention representative, who states that the city doesn’t have enough shelter space. Most shelters are only open in the evening, and day shelters like Horizon House, close their doors hours before overnight shelters open. Moreover, many shelters restrict the basic rights of the homeless to sleep with their partners and families, subject the homeless to religious doctrines, refuse service to many disabled people and enforce lifestyle regulations.

Earth Charter — Leaders Learn How to Plan for the “C Word”
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Earth Charter — Leaders Learn How to Plan for the “C Word”

“We decided to start this leadership summit because we didn’t feel like the climate conversation was happening enough,” Poyser said. “In Indiana there is not a lot of conversation publicly about climate change, and we feel like it is an urgent, essential issue to begin talking about.”

JCRC, MAI, Women4Change, IUYA — Pocket Constitutions given away in Indianapolis
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JCRC, MAI, Women4Change, IUYA — Pocket Constitutions given away in Indianapolis

In honor of Constitution Day, 13 Indianapolis organizations distributed 1,000 pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions to the public Monday on Monument Circle.

Earth Charter — Indiana Mayors Attend Climate Leadership Summit
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Earth Charter — Indiana Mayors Attend Climate Leadership Summit

"Indiana Mayors Attend Climate Leadership Summit," Rob Burgess, NUVO, September 20, 2018. All politics is local, as the saying goes. And, there are few issues which hit as close to home for…

VIPS — Developer plans $11M apartment project on city’s east side
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VIPS — Developer plans $11M apartment project on city’s east side

The first floor of the project calls for 6,100 square feet of commercial space, which TWG plans to lease to the new Indianapolis headquarters of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, which provides early intervention services for children with blindness and low vision.

Indiana Energy Company Mulls Major Switch From Coal To Renewables
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Indiana Energy Company Mulls Major Switch From Coal To Renewables

Steve Francis, chairperson of the energy committee for the Sierra Club’s Hoosier Chapter, says, “The retirement of all of NIPSCO’s coal-fired power plants by 2028 and replacement of all capacity with renewables, energy efficiency and demand management is an unprecedented commitment in Indiana to a forward-looking plan”