2016 in Review

GLACLU participated in three Black Lives Matter events since the spring newsletter.

  • ACLU of Indiana’s First Wednesday forum in September was hosted at the West Lafayette Public Library. The First Wednesday forum ‘Black Lives Matter: Diving Deeper into a Movement’ was moderated by Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal & Courier with panelists Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Marlo David, Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue UniversityNa’eemah Webb, a doctoral student at Purdue University; and West Lafayette Police Department Chief Jason Dombkowski. Presenters spoke about mechanisms of institutional racism, the experience raising black children in a racist culture, and solutions to improve policing practices. The forum was well attended and ended with a lively question and answer session.
  • We partnered with the Unitarian Universalist congregation in two open houses to share concerns, resources and hope for a path away from institutional racism. The GLACLU table at the BLM events at the UU church shared information on the ACLU and our long history of activities to defend the civil liberties of black Americans. The state chapter has provided informative, professionally produced materials for distribution at community events. These were helpful in engaging event participants in discussions of ACLU support for civil liberties.

The path to an America where all lives really do matter has been long and we have miles to go. Election of our first black president has raised the undercurrents of racism to roil the surface of our ‘melting pot’.

We at GLACLU plan to continue to discuss and educate about race and civil liberties. Please join us for upcoming events. Like the Greater Lafayette ACLU Facebook page to keep up to date on our events.

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Diving Deeper into A Movement

This summer, the nonpartisan Pew Research Center released a disturbing report about race and inequality in the United States. The report concluded from survey data that four in ten Blacks are doubtful that our country will ever achieve racial equality, and that whites have “widely different perceptions” about what life is like in this U.S. for people of color. These divides make clear that we have much more work to do if we are to achieve understanding about the entrenched problems of racial inequality.

We hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 7 as we convene a First Wednesdays panel in West Lafayette to discuss racial justice and policing.

Black Lives Matter: Diving Deeper into A Movement
Wed., Sept. 7, 12-1 p.m.
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
West Lafayette Public Library
208 W Columbia Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

The event is FREE and open to the public, and is part of our statewide First Wednesdays series. Smart, civil and only an hour.

Our panel includes moderator Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal & Courier; Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Marlo David and Na’eemah Webb of Purdue University and West Lafayette Police Department Chief Jason Dombkowski.

Hope to see you there!