IndyCAN E-newsletter, July 2016


IndyCAN Vigil Against Violence at Holy Spirit Catholic ChurchHundreds of IndyCAN leaders gathered at Shalom Mennonite Church on July 10 to chart a way forward, end over-criminalization of black and brown lives and implement proven strategies to reduce violence. (Image: WRTV)

The Violence Must End

IndyCAN holds Vigils Against Violence, Responds to Shootings

We greive with our brothers and sisters across the country. In the past few weeks images of violence have seared our hearts, touched raw wounds, and shaken our hope of peace, particularly among people of color.

Forty-nine people were murdered at a gay night club in Orlando. Two black men were needlessly killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota within 24 hours of each other. Five police officers lost their lives in Dallas when a man opened fire at a peaceful protest.

In response, in recent weeks, our IndyCAN leaders have held vigils against violence at Christ Church Cathedral and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. We have gathered to earnestly find ways to act locally to counter the deep-seeded, structural biases that control our political and justice systems.

Dozens of IndyCAN leaders gathered at Shalom Mennonite Church on July 10 to debrief about the series of police shootings and roll out a plan of action that will highlight ways to build the power it takes to reform the region, including how IndyCAN can hold city leaders accountable for their promises to reform criminal justice in our city.

We know that unless people of conscience engage and repair the brokenness of our systems, the communities we love will continue to be hurt.

IndyCAN’s Jobs Not Jails platform has called on city leaders to divert detainees through programs like pre-trial release, reduce gun violence through proven strategies and hold police accountable for their actions. Mayor Joe Hogsett committed to criminal justice reform during his State of the City address in May.

“Without sustained, organized efforts to hold accountable all those in power, we will remain powerless,” says Rev. Juard Barnes, pastor of The Eagles’ Nest Church and community organizer for IndyCAN. “Suppose we move tens of thousands of people to the polls and speak loudly and unanimously to a blind, deaf and dumb system, saying, ‘You are not innocent. You are complicit if you’re seeing something and saying nothing. It’s not OK.’”

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The youth group at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church holds a Ticket to Opportunity house meeting.


House meetings are rolling along

Ticket to Opportunity: Phase One under way

What would happen if Indianapolis’ transit system truly reflected God’s values of abundance, inclusion and strong families? What do we need to do to get there?

For Alpha Whitaker, her life might be completely different. After struggling through school and earning her degree, the single mother received the perfect job offer — only to have to turn it down because she couldn’t get there by public transit.

“It broke my heart to turn that position down,” Alpha says. “I would have had full benefits — 401(k), medical, everything for me and my family — plus a pretty good take-home pay to take us to a safe environment. And I’m still not there.”

(Hear more of Alpha’s story by watching the IndyCAN Ticket to Opportunity video.)

Alpha’s story is a good example of the kinds of stories participants have been sharing at Ticket to Opportunity house meetings, small events that IndyCAN leaders are coordinating and hosting across the city this summer.

At house meetings, small groups of people gather to share stories of how lives have been personally affected by inadequate transit, over-criminalization and an economy that excludes.

The groups then focus on what can happen when those who are affected begin working together. Voting to expand mass transit supports our values and is the ticket to opportunity: a once-in-a-decade opportunity to invest in the lives of all Hoosiers.

The focus is on the future: When IndyCAN successfully moves voters to the polls this November — and those voters vote YES to expanding public transit — Indianapolis will see expanded job opportunities and easier access to existing jobs, health care, education and more. The impact potential is enormous — one that we can’t afford to miss.

House meetings are opportunities to build teams of volunteers who will soon prepare to launch voter-mobilization efforts, including 80,000 conversations by phone and at the door steps of the residences of potential voters.

We expect to move more than 25,000 voters to the polls in November — which will account for 15 percent of the votes needed to pass the expanded transit measure.

What’s next: Opportunities for Service

  • At the next Leadership Assembly, July 28, teams will report back on their volunteer base-building progress and prepare to launch the fall voter program. REGISTER TO ATTEND.
  • On Aug. 4, prophetic voter team leaders will meet for skills training specific to the various roles each congregation and its' members will fill. All leaders with assigned roles are encouraged to attend. REGISTER TO ATTEND.
  • Prophetic Voter Phone Banksbegin Aug. 7. Volunteers will staff the phone bnaks daily, Sundays through Thursdays, until Election Day. Locations include:
    • Sundays: Northeast Side, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
    • Mondays: Downtown, Central Christian Church
    • Tuesdays: Eastside, New Direction Church
    • Wednesdays: Northwest Side, St. Monica Catholic Church
    • Thursdays: Near Eastide, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church

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Have you seen it yet?

Take a few minutes to watch our newest video

Learn more about how inadequate transit negatively impacts Hoosier lives by hearing personal stories of those affected. Watch the Ticket to Opportunity video.

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Want a career that can change the world?

IndyCAN seeks Economic Dignity Fellows

The Economic Dignity Organizing Fellowship is a 16 week intensive field program for promising community leaders interested developing leaders in a movement for racial and economic justice and learn the tools of faith based community organizing .

Fellows will work closely with multiple religious congregations and community partners providing training, coaching, and accountabilty of grassroots leaders to reach voter activation metrics and build strong leaders committed to act on faith values in the public square thru the Ticket to Opportunity Campaign (T2O).

This is a great opportunity to join a community organizing campaign at the grassroots, fully affecting change in Indianapolis.

Read more about the position and apply online.

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Upcoming Events and Meetings


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(317) 759-3370



About IndyCAN. IndyCAN is a non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-ethnic organization and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office. IndyCAN works to improve the quality of life for residents of the Indianapolis Region.

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