IndyCAN E-newsletter, March 2017




(Above) Have you seen it yet? Introducing, "The Road to Transit Victory," a video years in the making! We did it!

Transit wins! 17:8

We extend a HUGE thank-you to the thousands of IndyCAN bus riders, faith leaders, and partners who stepped up to win a HUGE investment in fair transit for a stronger Indy! Every story, every prayer, every action mattered. YOU made this happen!

The final vote by the City-County Council—which took place months after Indianapolis voters overwhelming supported the expansion by casting their ballots at the polls—was 17 in favor of securing $54 million in annual investment to expand the transit system and make Indy fair. Eight voted against it.

How did your councilor vote?



Zach Adamson (D)
Jared Evans (D)
Colleen Fanning (R)
Monroe Gray Jr. (D)
La Keisha Jackson (D)
Robert Blake Johnson (D)
Scott Kreider (R)
Maggie A. Lewis (D)
Frank Mascari (D)
Janice McHenry (R)
Michael McQuillen (R)
Jeff Miller (R)
William C. Oliver (D)
Vop Osili (D)
Marilyn Pfisterer (R)
David Ray (D)
Leroy Robinson (D)
Stephen Clay (D)
Jeff Coats (R)
Susie Cordi (R)
Jason Holliday (R)
Brian Mowery (R)
Christine Scales (R)
Joseph Simpson (D)
John Wessler (R)

Look for your councilor’s name above and send a note of thanks to those who voted YES to honor the will of the people of Indianapolis by securing funding for transit with this vote.

If you’re not sure who your councilor is, enter your address in the Government Profile database.

Related Media

  return to top  

40 Days of Prophetic Action:
Where we are and how you can still act

In honor of the Lenten and Passover Seasons, IndyCAN launched 40 days of Prophetic Action—each of us doing one act, large or small, every day to resist hate and protect our families and communities.

We’re halfway through, and more than 782 people have acted to promote sanctuary and solidarity, protect our healthcare and Live Free.

Join the faith-filled movement with acts of inclusion, dignity and equity every day!


Standing in solidarity to create places of sanctuary for our vulnerable neighbors

As people of faith, we believe everyone who calls their cities home should feel safe in them. Our faith will not allow us to permit the criminalization or scapegoating of immigrants, people of color or religious minorities. In the face of hate and discrimination, we are committed to show love, compassion and hospitality.

The Sanctuary and Solidarity Movement began when an estimated 2,000 people gathered for IndyCAN’s City of Inclusion Action on Feb 12. More than 50 diverse clergy vowed to provide support and solidarity to our neighbors, friends and family who fear being deported, detained or profiled. Mayor Joe Hogsett joined the movement, committing ‘Not One Dime’ will aid in federal immigration enforcement or any other unconstitutional or discriminatory directives, including ICE detainers, Muslim registry, or stop-and-frisk actions by law enforcement.

It didn’t stop there. Prophetic actions have included and will include:

  • Turning Mayor Hogsett’s pledge into city policy. This Thursday, IndyCAN delegates will meet with the mayor’s staff to finalize the details of a city resolution and move forward on commitments to protect health care and reform Indy’s Criminal Justice System. Stay tuned for a progress update.
  • Organizing Prophetic Resistance Fridays. About 80 supporters from more than 30 faith and community organizations came together each week in March to prepare to stand with people who are targeted in a variety of ways and set up rapid-response teams in congregations. The rapid-response teams will show up during ICE raids, accompany people to ICE check-ins and legal hearings, connect families left behind with resources and support, and in some cases host families at risk of separation. Together IndyCAN congregations are putting in place systems to ensure ‘No One Stands Alone.’
  • Joining national “A Day Without an Immigrant” action (Feb. 16).
  • Rallying by the hundreds to pass the transit-expansion referendum through its final City-County Council approval (Feb. 27).

What you can do now

Join the movement by texting INDYSANCTUARY to 228466. Get updates and action alerts.

Attend a training; be part of the movement. We set a collective goal of training 250 Rapid Responders to act as moral observers to our families under attack. Attend one of four trainings to be part of this movement and bring the sanctuary to the streets as we launch our IndyCAN Watch hotline next month. Trainings are April 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 7 p.m. Learn more and register.

Help us launch our hotline. COMING SOON! Indiana Rapid Response Hotline will immediately connect anyone facing a traumatic encounter with ICE officials or law enforcement to IndyCAN’s team of trained rapid responders. IndyCAN Watch will respond within 5 minutes to any emergency request and will deploy human-rights observers as appropriate. Spread the word about this important resource for our community— friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and social media contacts. For more details or to get involved, contact Sister Tracey Horan.


IndyCAN held four prophetic-resistance trainings in March, including this one (above).


Scripture about the Good Samaritan invites pastor to be part of the Sanctuary & Solidarity Movement

"I have to be able to say, 'I would want somebody to help my daughter. I would want somebody to help my wife. I would want somebody to help me in a time of need," said Pastor D.L. Page of New Baptist Church. "That's how [the Good Samaritan] got to Mercy Street—he was willing to sacrifice. When you read that passage of scripture, it says something about the man. He touches the person who was hurt. He smooths his wounds. [The Good Samaritan] got close enough to touch him. ... We live in a time right now, brothers and sisters, that people are afraid to get close to one another. But we have to get close to one another. I have to get close to know the reality of what's going on."



President Donald Trump withdrew his health care bill at the last minute on Friday, when it became clear that he was short of the votes he needed to pass the bill through the U.S. House. The health care bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have cost as many as 1,244 Hoosiers to suffer and die prematurely each year.


IndyCAN delivers MIA Senator Young an invitation to health care town hall

IndyCAN Faith leaders believe depriving struggling families of health care is wholly incompatible with the teachings of our faith traditions and the ideals of our nation. Politicians who put political ideology before the well being of their constituents neglect their moral duty as leaders.

As the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to take a vote that could have stripped 474,400 Hoosiers of health care coverage, IndyCAN clergy held a ‘pray-in’ outside of Senator Todd Young’s office in the Birch Bayh Federal Building in Indianapolis on Friday. They delivered a message to both Indiana Senators Donnelly & Young: “Save lives and reject the Affordable Care Act repeal!”

Faith delegates then met with Senator Young’s staff to hand-deliver an invitation to IndyCAN’s Health Care Town Hall, set for April 20 at 7 p.m. So far, Senator Young has yet to hold a town hall in his district. The event will provide an opportunity to publicly address Hoosiers who would be affected by the dismantling of our nation’s health care system, as well as provide an opportunity to work together to expand access and reduce costs, especially for vulnerable seniors, people with disabilities, women, children and communities of color.

Withdrawal of American Health Care Act isn't enough

President Trump's withdrawal of the flawed American Health Care Act on Friday " is a major victory, but it’s not over yet," shared Rev. Justin Thornburg, Pastor of Emerson Baptist Church “The President is expected to continue efforts to redesign the health care system as part of a larger effort to achieve the nation’s biggest wealth transfer from the poor to the very wealthy that we’ve ever seen.”

If passed, the bill would have given $465 billion in tax cuts to insurance and pharmaceutical companies while making radical changes to Medicaid, cutting $880 billion through 2026. It would have ended Medicaid expansion, which has helped 381,600 people gain quality coverage under the ACA. Across Indiana, 1,280,300 people are covered through Medicaid.

Deep Medicaid cuts would have also harmed hospitals in rural and urban communities by increasing uncompensated care costs for health providers. The nation’s leading hospital associations, including the American Hospital Association, Children’s Hospital Association and America’s Essential Hospitals opposed the bill.

What you can do now

TAKE ACTION: Health Care Town Hall

IndyCAN understands that not everyone agrees with everything in the Affordable Care Act or the American Health Care Act, yet we remain united that all families should be able to see a doctor when they need to, at a cost they can afford.

This is not about politics or politicians; this is about making sure that our families get what they need to stay healthy. Join us to close out the 40 Days of Prophetic Action at the Health Care Town Hall on April 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 337 N. Warman Ave., Indianapolis. Save the date, and watch for more details.

Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly, plus Mayor Joe Hogsett will be invited to attend. Plan to be there to help us plan the agenda for the next steps in the fight to protect our health care!


Put the final touches on the Health Care Town Hall Action at our final planning rally April 11. Save the date and watch for details!


Call Senator Todd Young & Senator Joe Donnelly

It’s not too late to call your Senators and urge them to protect our health care! Reach them at:

  • Senator Young (202) 224-5623
  • Senator Donnelly (202) 224-4814

*IndyCAN and its partner, PICO National Network, are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation.


LIVE FREE Summit to End Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence set for May 13

Indianapolis is in a state of crisis when it comes to mass incarceration and gun violence. Saving Black lives will require action and investment in focused strategies proven to save lives and reduce over-criminalization of Black people.

IndyCAN will host the LIVE FREE Summit to End Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence featuring Pastor Mike McBride —Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Overcoming Church.

Pastor McBride will share LIVE FREE strategies that resulted in an average 30-percent drop in homicides in dozens of cities. He will update Indiana on efforts across the nation to implement the Department of Justice's top-rated programs. 

Pastor McBride served on the White House Task Force for Boys and Young Men of Color and has held other local and national leadership roles. Learn more about Pastor Mike here.

Following through on the Mayor Hogsett's commitment

Last year, Mayor Joe Hogsett committed to include IndyCAN’s People’s Agenda for Ending Mass Incarceration in the city’s criminal justice-reform plan. By the end of 2017, the Mayor will make final decisions to implement the reform. Many details—including budget, priorities and even the size of the new jail—are still being formed.

Join us at the Live Free Summit for an important opportunity to learn about and lead significant change in our city — to save the lives and livelihoods of our friends, family and neighbors who might otherwise be victims of gun violence and structural bias against black men and women in the criminal justice system.

Do you want to have a voice in the city’s revival?

Join other people of faith at IndyCAN’s LIVE FREE Summit, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ovecoming Church.

For more information about the LIVE FREE Summit, contact Rev. Juard Barnes.


Yes! We are still hiring a communications director and a bilingual (English and Spanish) executive assistant! Read more about the job openings, the application procedure and IndyCAN-PICO.

Applicants must apply online.

Please share this information with your network! Thank you!


return to top


IndyCAN recognized as national leader in improving health equity

IndyCAN is honored to be one of nine organizations featured in a new report about the root causes of inequalities in health care and the community-based interventions that “hold the greatest promise for promoting health equity.”

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released its report, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, a 530-page book about how communities can play a powerful role in changing the conditions for health.

The report defines health equity as “the state in which everyone has the opportunity to attain full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or any other socially defined circumstance.”

IndyCAN was identified and featured as a community-based solution that is driven by the community, affects local factors that can influence health and has the potential to advance health equity.

All nine of the featured organizations had three elements in common:

  • making health equity a shared vision and value
  • fostering multisector collaboration
  • increasing community capacity to shape outcomes.

IndyCAN appreciates the prestigious honor to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance the culture of health in Indiana.

Read more


  • Affordable Health Care Rally. April 11. Save the date! Details coming soon.