Second Annual “Bipartisan Team” to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Indy Reads

April 13, 2016

Second Annual “Bipartisan Team” to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Indy Reads

Indianapolis — The 2016 Presidential election has seen unprecedented, over-the-top partisan rhetoric as national politicians run against each other and move towards the November election. Closer to home, here in Indianapolis, a bipartisan trio has found a reason to run together this May – with a focus on bipartisan leadership and support for literacy in Indianapolis.

For the second year, former Indianapolis City/County Council Vice President John Barth (D) and Councilor Jeff Miller (R) will run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon together to demonstrate the power of bipartisan cooperation and to raise money for a key Indy non-profit: Indy Reads. This year, Barth and Miller will be joined in running 13.1 miles by Indianapolis City/County Council President Maggie A. Lewis.

Indy Reads is a nonprofit with the mission to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. Barth, Miller and Lewis are asking supporters to donate either $13.1 (half-marathon) or $26.2 (full-marathon) to Indy Reads to sponsor their mini-run on Saturday, May 7th. Donations can be made on-line at http://www.indyreads.org/donate

Barth, an Indy Read’s board of advisors member, said, “I’m proud to support the 500 Festival and Indy Reads, two critical Indianapolis nonprofit organizations. Indy Reads serves a very important role that is close to my heart – promoting literacy.”

“We appreciate former Council VP Barth, Councilor Miller and President Lewis’s support for our literacy programs,” said Indy Reads Executive Director Travis DiNicola.

“I’m excited that this “bipartisan team” is becoming an annual event – I hope others will take this opportunity to support Indy Reads and their important work,” said Miller, who represents a Southside district.

2016 marks Miller’s 21st Mini-Marathon, Barth’s 11th, and Lewis’s first.

Now in its 40th 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.

Barth Miller Mini 2015

Bipartisan Team Run 2015

 

 

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Final Council Meeting: 12/14/15

April 13, 2016

Speaking at my final meeting of the Indianapolis City/County Council after four years of service and three years as Council VP.

 

Councillor Barth


Art for Neighborhoods, Proposal 315, to be Heard by Full Council on November 30, 2015

October 24, 2015

On October 14th, Councilor Barth’s “Art for Neighborhoods” proposal was passed unanimously by the Council’s Community Affairs and Education Committee. The Art for Neighborhoods program, aimed at supporting and creating vibrant Indianapolis neighborhoods, will now be heard by the full Council on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 at the City/County Building. Below is a Prezi with more detail about how the Art for Neighborhoods program supports economic development, improves public space, and promotes investment in community building.


Art for Neighborhoods, Proposal 315, to be Heard on October 14, 2015

October 11, 2015

Vibrant neighborhoods are the key to our city’s future. On October 14th, Councilor Barth’s “Art for Neighborhoods” proposal will be heard by the Indianapolis City/County Council’s Community Affairs and Education Committee at 5:30 at the City/County Building. Proposal 315 creates the Art for Neighborhoods program, aimed at empowering residents to bring art and public space beautification to their neighborhoods. Learn more about how the Art for Neighborhoods program supports economic development, improves public space, and promotes investment in community building by watching this Prezi.


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.”


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


Council Passes Proposal 120 Overwhelmingly – Rejecting RFRA

March 30, 2015

Indianapolis City-County Council: Indy Welcomes All

Passes Proposal 120 Overwhelmingly – Rejecting RFRA

 Indianapolis – With a bi-partisan support, Indianapolis City-County Councilors passed Proposal 120 Monday night. Proposal 120 opposes SEA 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA, which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Pence.

City/County Council President Maggie Lewis said “with this vote, the Council has stated simply and clearly that the people of Indianapolis are against discrimination – no exceptions.”

Since the passage of RFRA, the city of Indianapolis has seen the economic consequences of the General Assembly’s actions, with a large employer halting expansion plans, multiple conventions expressing second thoughts about working with Visit Indy, and concern expressed by long-term partners from the sports world including the NCAA, the NFL, and our own Indiana Pacers and Fever.

“Proposal 120 sends a crystal clear message across the nation and the world that Indianapolis is a welcoming and diverse city – and we reject legislation at the state level that suggests otherwise” said Council Vice President John Barth.

Proposal 120 opposes SEA 101, encourages the Indiana General Assembly to amend the Civil Rights section of the Indiana Code include sexual orientation and to uphold and protect local anti-discrimination ordinances.

“Indianapolis residents and visitors should feel confident that our city welcomes everyone. All the proof you need is to see all the groups opposing this state action. Business leaders, Indianapolis City-County Council, faith groups, advocates and community groups are working together in strong partnership to fight imposition of this discriminatory law,” said Lewis.

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