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Take action: No more kids in jail! Reject SB 449!

We call upon the Indiana legislature to reject Senate Bill 449. Twelve-year-olds do not belong in adult courts! We need to end mass incarceration, not intensify it!

Senate Bill 449, authored by Senators Erin Houchin, Michael Young, and Aaron Freeman, seeks to expand the prosecution of children as young as 12 in adult courts. Despite mandating that “young offenders” be housed in separate jails, the fact remains that the U.S. contains 5% of the total world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. In other words, one out of every four prisoners in the world is in the U.S. We need to drastically decrease that number, not increase it by adding more children!

Acknowledging that the incarceration system as it stands disproportionately targets Black, Latino, and other oppressed communities; that the waiving of children to adult courts further exacerbates existing racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing; and that the School-to Prison-Pipeline routinely funnels our most marginalized youth into the prison-industrial complex, we say no to expanded prosecutorial powers over our children! Reject SB 449!

Demand the Indy Library address systemic racism and institute community oversight!

On May 24th’s Indianapolis Public Library Board virtual meeting, Bree Flannely, a Black woman who was formerly staff at the Central Library attempted to address the Board about the systemic white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and ableism that structure the work culture of the Indianapolis Public Library. Board President Jose Salinas pre-emptively read a prepared statement to try and discredit Flannely. Salinas attempted to mute Flannely her while Flannely, although fortunately two sympathetic board members Patricia Payne and Khaula Murtadha, who are both Black women, told Salinas that she should read her statement since Bree stated she would not name anyone specifically. Flannely’s powerful statement sent shockwaves through our library system that has created a revolutionary moment for radical change for our public library system for the marginalized workers and patrons who need crucial information resources in Indianapolis.

Sign this petition to support AFSCME local 3395's demands:

  1. The resignations of IndyPL Board president Judge Jose Salinas and IndyPL CEO Jackie Nytes
  2. Increased community oversight and control over the public library and
  3. Conduct e climate study on staff morale and TAKE ACTION on them THIS YEAR!

We now know that the Indianapolis City-County Council was aware of the racism suffered by Black staff and staff of color but did nothing. It's up to us, the people, to stop it!

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