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.


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: City-County Council to Introduce Resolution against SEA 101 Monday

March 27, 2015

City-County Council: All are welcome, RFRA hurts our City

Resolution against SEA 101 to be introduced Monday

 Indianapolis – Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council will introduce a resolution on Monday opposing the recent passage of SEA 101 which many view an opening the door to discrimination and possible economic consequences for Marion County.

“The City of Indianapolis is a welcoming place that values all its citizens – SEA 101 does not reflect the diversity of our great city,” said Council President Maggie Lewis.

The resolution, Proposal 120, will be introduced at Monday’s City-County Council meeting. Proposal 120 opposes the Indiana General Assembly’s passage of Senate Enrolled Act 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and encourages State legislators to amend the Civil Rights section of the Indiana Code to include sexual orientation and to uphold and protect local anti-discrimination ordinances by exempting them from SEA 101.

Council Vice President John Barth said “The encouraging news is that local business leaders, community groups, elected officials, and Indianapolis residents are expressing their concern about RFRA and affirming that what makes our city great is the diversity of our people and our welcoming hospitality.”

The resolution reiterates what Council ordinances have already made clear: Indianapolis welcomes people of any sexual orientation, race, gender identification, ethnicity, religion, or creed.

A copy of the resolution can be viewed at the Council’s webpage:


Joint Statement from Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth on the passage of Proposal 367

December 2, 2014

Joint Statement from Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth on the passage of Proposal 367 – the Indianapolis Pre-K Program.

We are heartened that the Indianapolis City/County Council passed bipartisan Proposal 367 tonight. With this historic vote, the Council has ensured that families can set a positive direction for children in our city who start life at a disadvantage. Over the next five years thousands of Indianapolis children will experience the benefits of high quality pre-k and start their lives on the road to success. We look forward to tracking their progress and making any needed adjustments to Proposal 367. We would like to thank our Council colleagues for their support, the corporate community, especially Eli Lilly & Co., for their dedication, many community advocates, and the mayor for his commitment – together we will make a difference in the lives of our city’s children for years to come.