January 11, 2020
The 2020 General Assembly started last Monday, and it’s a short session this year. Our legislators will be packing up and heading home by early March. That leaves us very little time to reform redistricting before new legislative maps are drawn in 2021.
We hit the ground running on the first day of session with a very successful Statehouse press conference to announce two redistricting reform bills being introduced by Sen. John Ruckelshaus-R, Dist.30. A bipartisan team of legislators attended who pledged their support for redistricting reform by publicly signing the End Gerrymandering Pledge, a national initiative championed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eric Holder.
It’s extremely important we continue to make redistricting reform visible and keep it at the top of the legislative agenda. Citizens can help make a difference right now by joining the AllIN4Democracy Lobby Day January 16.
WHAT: Redistricting Reform Lobby Day
WHEN: Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, History Reference Room
After a briefing on the status of the bills and some talking points, you are encouraged to walk across the street to the Statehouse and talk to your legislators about reform. It’s best to call their offices in advance and make an appointment. (One way to get their telephone numbers can be found at “Find Your Representative” on this website.
At least two more Republican legislators, Rep. Woody Burton-R, Dist. 58 and Sen. Greg Walker-D, Dist. 41, have publicly signed the End Gerrymandering Pledge just this week. After the struggle to find support among Republicans the last several years, this is great news! Please join us on January 16 to learn how to talk with your representatives about supporting this vital reform, then meet with them. They need to hear from us! Thank you.
Photo: After the Jan. 6 press conference, legislators sign the End Gerrymandering Pledge. Photo submitted by Phil Goodchild
November 21, 2019
IFCL members Phil Goodchild, Jim Donahue, Ed Morris and Diana Hadley participated in two rallies, Red for Ed Action Day and All In 4 Democracy, at the Indiana Statehouse November 19, 2019.
Estimates as high as 20,000 people joined forces to encourage legislators to address a variety of education issues.
In addition, All In 4 Democracy urged citizens to persuade their legislators to provide a more transparent system for mapping legislative districts.
As the 2020 legislative session approaches, IFCL invites people to share concerns that IFCL might address.
July 29, 2019
Hoosier singer/songwriter Tim Grimm entertained and inspired those who attended his concert sponsored by IFCL Saturday, July 28, 2019. Grimm’s sons Connor and Jackson added a special treat for the event.
July 15, 2019
Tim Grimm is a singer-songwriter and actor residing in south-central Indiana. He has released a dozen recordings in the US and Europe, and is known for his rich storytelling sense and his deep love of the rural Midwest.
His recent release, Heart Land Again, revisits songs from a 20-year-old recording. Grimm infuses them with the conviction of time and with the help of his two musician sons—who were only small boys when the album was first released. Grimm is joined too by his wife Jan—making this the third “Family Band” recording. In 2016, the family released FINDING HOME: Indiana at 200— a recording of original songs from the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Bicentennial production of the same name. In 2017, the Family band released A STRANGER IN THIS TIME— a recording that ended up as the #1 (most played) Album on Folk Radio for the year, and also produced the #1 Song- GONNA BE GREAT.
Tim grew up in the hills of Brown County and in the town of Columbus (IN), where his parents were teachers. He attended Earlham College (BA) and The University of Michigan (MFA). He has worked extensively in film and television and in regional theatre. Current projects include voicing Eugene Debbs and composing music for an upcoming documentary film on Debbs for WFYI, and acting in a new feature film, SWING SHIFT, portraying actor Richard Jenkins’ brother.
Tim also leads three different small group tours to Europe each year. THE TURNING POINT tour travels to The Netherlands; BEYOND THE TARTAN Tour travels through Scotland; and INISHFREE MUSIC TOURS travel through three counties of Ireland. The groups average only 8-22 guests per trip and highlight the culture, history and arts of each individual country. Music plays a part in each of the tours as well— both Tim’s music and some of the finest local musicians in the areas. For more information on Tim and these tours, visit www.timgrimm.com
July 15, 2019
IFCL enjoyed meeting with State Representative Carey Hamilton and State Senator John Ruckelshaus Saturday, July 13. In addition to spending time discussing issues for the next legislative session, IFCL members presented the two legislators with appreciation awards for their support for IFCL priorities during the 2019 General Assembly session.
Diana Hadley, IFCL Clerk, and Ed Morris, IFCL member and constituent of both Hamilton and Ruckelshaus, presented the awards.
March 20, 2019
Time is growing short for meaningful action by the Indiana General Assembly this session on redistricting reform. SB 105, the redistricting standards bill passed by the Indiana Senate last month, needs a hearing by the House Elections and Apportionment Committee to stay alive this year.
Please join us for a rally and march in Indianapolis on March 26 — “Slay the Gerrymander!”
See below for more event details. This event is sponsored by All IN for Democracy, the coalition working for redistricting reform of which IFCL has been a part.
Thank you for your interest and activism.
Will SCOTUS Slay the Gerrymander?
On March 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two partisan gerrymandering lawsuits: one from North Carolina where Republicans used redistricting to their advantage, and one from Maryland where Democrats did the same. It’s time for the Supreme Court to take a stand on this issue — and declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.
If they do, it will absolutely help our efforts to win redistricting reform here in Indiana. As it stands now, without a definitive decision from the highest court in the land, politicians know they can get away with drawing maps that serve political interests,not the public interest. This has to stop.To call attention to the important cases being heard at the Supreme Court on March 26th — and to highlight the need for a hearing and vote on SB105, the redistricting standards bill that passed the Indiana Senate last month — the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting is holding a rally and march for redistricting reform.
WHAT: Rally and march for redistricting reform
WHEN: March 26th at 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Federal Courthouse (corner of Ohio and Meridian Streets in downtown Indianapolis)
RSVP: Email Julia at email@example.com
We’ll meet at noon in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis — at the corner of Meridian and Ohio Streets — for some brief remarks by activists and legal experts. Then we’ll march three blocks to the State House to send a message to legislators that Hoosiers want action on redistricting reform this year.I hope you will be able to join us next week to stand in solidarity with the attorneys and activists who have brought this litigation to the nation’s highest court — and to call for Indiana legislators to take action on redistricting reform this year.
Feb. 11, 2019
The prescription drug pricing study bill HB 1029 passed the House health committee last week 11-0 and is set to be voted on in the House Feb. 11, and it is expected to pass.
There were several media stories in advance and some moving, powerful testimony from patients and an MD about the trauma caused by crazy-high insulin prices.
The same approach is planned for the Senate.
The action ask is the same as it has been: push out the online petition asking for Indiana General Assembly action –it has 800-plus signatures now: https://www.change.org/p/let-hoosiers-be-heard-on-prescription-drug-pricing
Thanks to all for your advocacy this session!
Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation
For Immediate Release
Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation is excited to sponsor a free concert Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 P.M., the final evening of the 2018 Western Yearly Meeting sessions.
This is the second year that IFCL will sponsor such an event for Western Yearly Meeting.
This time singer/songwriter Krista Detor will share her musical gifts.
Detor has conducted songwriting seminars, performances and presentations at universities, outreach organizations and arts centers throughout the world, including Ireland’s prestigious IMRO performing rights organization. In February, 2015, she was Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Hedgebrook foundation. In addition, Detor began a series of intergenerational songwriting workshops and performances in 2013, ‘Time Travels,’ pairing seniors with younger participants, resulting in collaborative performance projects in conjunction with Bloomington, Indiana’s Creative Aging Festival.
Krista conducted the first of her signature cross-cultural collaborations, along with Dr. Rod C. Taylor, in Northern Ireland, May, 2017 – taking 14 songwriters on an immersive, 10-day songwriting retreat. In 2018, she & Dr. Taylor will return to Ireland with a group of songwriters, in addition to hosting six Northern Irish writers for a similar experience in the U.S. in the fall. She continues to tour the U.S., U.K., and Europe. She’s shared stages with Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Joan Armatrading, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Suzanne Vega, among many others.
Krista lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and can be found on all social networking sites and at KristaDetor.com.
Friends and friends of Friends are welcome to enjoy Krista’s evening of musical fellowship in the Western Yearly Meetinghouse at 301 South East Street, Plainfield, IN 46168.
Although IFCL may be best known for its work with Indiana’s state legislation, the group supports all Quaker concerns including those that are most likely resolved through federal avenues.
Immigration reform has been such a topic. IFCL began conversations with Indiana’s U.S. senators and representatives two years ago regarding immigration reform at a time when all were receptive to the need for action.
As these conversations continue and relationships form across the aisles, IFCL often is contacted by state legislators who have related issues.
Such an opportunity to be involved occurred late in Indiana’s 2018 session when a legislator realized forms for professional and occupational licenses included an area about U.S. Citizenship that was troublesome. There wasn’t time to create a new specific bill, but the representative felt some urgency to correct the situation and contacted IFCL lobbyist Bill Chapman for assistance. Through information he had gathered working on 54 other bills, Bill helped find a path toward a resolution that ended positively in SB 419, a bill that not only passed, but received nearly universal support in both House and Senate and was signed by Governor Holcomb.
In short, Quaker issues are universal human issues, and IFCL is willing to work to improve the human condition and alleviate suffering at state and national levels. Anyone who has concerns that IFCL could address should feel welcome to share them with the contacts on this website.
When I was in my early 20s, I visited Germany for the first time and was amazed to discover warmth and hospitality in all of the Germans I met. Why was I amazed? I asked myself what fostered this previously unrealized negativity.
I concluded that growing up in the 1950s provided me with both educators and acquaintances who shared experiences as veterans and civilian survivors of a terrible war against Germany. Apparently, I had absorbed the information and created stereotypes without question.
As an adult I wondered how these wonderful people I was meeting could be associated with a country that first discriminated against part of its own population and eventually murdered over 6 million of them including children. Wouldn’t anyone step up to save another human being? Wouldn’t people unite to stop such inhumane acts?
At some point in my education I already had realized that as much as I loved my country, the United States was not innocent. A closer look at history outside of my homogeneous rural community revealed a country that embraced slavery and either performed or ignored inhumane actions against indigenous people, immigrants, and the poor during numerous periods of time.
Certainly, some people will step up to protect others in most conflicts. There are many stories about those who saved as many people as they could in Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, Syria—the list goes on.
I remember a shift in the wind in my early life when television news showed dogs snarling at young black children and fire hoses knocking them down. Eventually, a large diversified movement fought against that immoral time period.
Unfortunately, we, like many countries, fall back into inhumane actions—not over night but step-by-step—accepting small slips until we have devolved into something shameful.
So where are we now? In a country that boasts of honor and decency, people trying to gain entry into the United States for legal asylum from terror in other countries are separated from their families and detained in facilities that are questionable at best and inhumane by some accounts.
Will some become the minority of people who do the best they can to help those in need or will all of us apply pressure on our elected officials to work toward a bipartisan effort to correct this bad situation before it becomes something even worse.
I have a three-year-old grandson. All I have to do is imagine him being torn from his parents’ arms and sent to a separate detention center to understand what that would be like for any human being.
I have called elected officials and written some appeals for others to do the same. This is one of them. We must unite in this effort. Let’s step up and be the country described in Emma Lazarus’ sonnet posted on a plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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