Statement Regarding Council Overturn of Mayor’s Veto of Proposal 47

April 21, 2015

Media Statement from President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth Regarding Council Overturn of Mayor’s Veto of Proposal 47
“Tonight the Indianapolis City County Council voted to overturn the Mayor’s veto of Proposal 47 28-1. This is an important vote for our city and affirms the Council’s strong support for public safety. We look forward to seeing the $4.7 million dollars appropriated with the veto override to be used quickly for equipping and training our IMPD officers.”


Bipartisan Team to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Project Home Indy

April 15, 2015

Bipartisan Team to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Project Home Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2015/Coles Marketing) – Politicians run against each other at election time, but a bipartisan trio has found a reason to run together this May.

Indianapolis City/County Council Vice President John Barth, Councillor Jeff Miller and State Rep. Christina Hale will be running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to support local nonprofit Project Home Indy.

Project Home Indy is a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless teen moms and their babies. Barth, Miller and Hale are asking supporters to donate $20 to sponsor their mini-run on Saturday, May 2.

Barth, a Project Home Indy board member, said, “I’m proud to support the 500 Festival and Project Home Indy, two important nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. Project Home Indy serves a critical function in our city, helping at-risk young women get on the right track to self-sufficiency.”

The three politicans hope to raise $5,000 for Project Home Indy. Donations can be made at the Project Home Indy website:

“We appreciate Councillor Barth, Councillor Miller and Representative Hale’s support of our young families,” said Project Home Indy Executive Director Lakshmi Hasanadka. “They are working together to raise awareness about our mission to break the devastating cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect that plague the young families we serve.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to use my love of running the Mini-Marathon as a way to bring attention to Project Home Indy and the work they do in Indianapolis,” said Miller, who represents a southside district.

The three officials will visit Project Home Indy’s home on April 18 to take a tour and learn more about the program offered.

Now in its 39th year, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half-marathon. As the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser and a vital part of the city’s civic fabric, proceeds from the race help fund the 500 Festival’s free program and events. The 13.1-mile course stretches from downtown Indianapolis to the famed 2.5 mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ends downtown in Military Park.

Project Home Indy provides a nurturing residential environment to empower homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting to gain self-sufficiency.

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RELEASE: Statement from Council President Lewis and VP Barth on RFRA Amendment

April 2, 2015

RELEASE: Statement from Council President Lewis and VP Barth on RFRA Amendment

“We appreciate that the Indiana General Assembly took action today to amend SEA 101, also referred to as RFRA. It is especially important that the language appears to ensure that the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance is protected. We are thankful for the leadership of key members of the Indianapolis business community who advocated for the change. However, we do not believe that today’s “fix” goes far enough. We fully stand by Proposal 120, passed 22-4 on Monday, in which the Council encourages the Indiana General Assembly to go further and to amend the Civil Rights section of the Indiana Code to include sexual orientation and gender identity as quickly as possible to protect LGBT Hoosiers. It is long past time that the General Assembly joined the Indianapolis City/County Council in enacting a comprehensive nondiscrimination law.”

Indianapolis City/County Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth