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CHIP — “What would homeless do if ‘no sit, no lie’ proposal passes?”
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CHIP — “What would homeless do if ‘no sit, no lie’ proposal passes?”

Tyler Fenwick, Indianapolis Recorder, November 8, 2018 Anyone who routinely walks through the intersection of Meridian and Maryland streets in downtown Indianapolis is probably used to the sight of Fredie, a boisterous…

JCRC — “Commentary: Hate crimes and this moment in history”
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JCRC — “Commentary: Hate crimes and this moment in history”

One listener says spray-painting innocuous graffiti on someone’s house is designed to irritate. Spray-painting a swastika on a synagogue, though, is meant to terrify. It is intended to tell a group of people they don’t belong, that they aren’t fully human, that they don’t have the same rights that others do.

JCRC — Business leaders push for hate crime law in Indiana
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JCRC — Business leaders push for hate crime law in Indiana

David Sklar with the JCRC noted that anti-Jewish hate crimes across the country rose 37% last year. He said the vandalism of a Carmel synagogue last summer the massacre at the Pittsburgh synagogue has “the Jewish community here on edge…we believe a law sill absolutely have tangible effects,” but he said even if it’s only symbolic, “As Jewish Hoosiers we need our state to stand up and make a statement.”

CHIP — CHIP Names New Executive Director
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CHIP — CHIP Names New Executive Director

Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention has named Chelsea Haring-Cozzi executive director. She will officially assume her duties on November 26 and will succeed Alan Witchey.

JCRC — “Anti-Semitism incidents on the rise in Indiana”
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JCRC — “Anti-Semitism incidents on the rise in Indiana”

“We do need a law,” said David Sklar with the Jewish Community Relations Council. “(We) need to figure out exactly what the law looks like, but there’s overwhelming consensus that it’s time for Indiana to take this step.”

JCRC — “Indianapolis faith leaders call for unity, vigilance after synagogue shooting”
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JCRC — “Indianapolis faith leaders call for unity, vigilance after synagogue shooting”

After Saturday’s rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Jewish Community Relations Council in Indianapolis said anti-Semitic acts and expressions are “at an all time high, and increasing fastest in the Midwest.”

Overdose Lifeline — “Public health conference to focus on how to help Hoosier drug users stay safe, alive”
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Overdose Lifeline — “Public health conference to focus on how to help Hoosier drug users stay safe, alive”

News at IU, October 10, 2018 An Indiana public health conference focused on harm reduction that aims to help people who use drugs stay safe and stay alive is expected to draw…

JCRC — “Debate Over Hate Crime Bill: All or Nothing”
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JCRC — “Debate Over Hate Crime Bill: All or Nothing”

Bills allowing longer sentences for hate crimes have died in the Senate the last two years, and in the House the year before that. Governor Holcomb has said he’ll support a hate crimes bill in the 2019 legislative session.

JCRC — “Anti-Semitism in Schools on the Rise”
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JCRC — “Anti-Semitism in Schools on the Rise”

The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council led a discussion on the rise of anti-Semitic acts in schools Wednesday.  Earlier this month, swastikas were drawn in a boy’s bathroom at Pike High School.

Sierra Club — “Advocates: Indiana’s energy future shouldn’t be written by utilities only”
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Sierra Club — “Advocates: Indiana’s energy future shouldn’t be written by utilities only”

Clean energy advocates see the Indiana General Assembly as hostile to renewables and Gov. Eric Holcomb as silent on energy issues. Indiana’s policy makers could also benefit from an independent analysis of a clean energy transition in the state, Bredhold said.