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Mike Pence Visit Draws Vocal Protests

By Jeff Turner Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence made a return trip to Indianapolis on May 18th, stopping by the Marriott downtown.  Assembled across the street were a group of about twenty-five protesters, many from the Indiana Democratic Party. “We (IDP) are here protesting Mike Pence. We feel very strongly about the […]

“Justice once again denied”: Police Officers who killed Aaron Bailey cleared by IMPD Merit Board

By Jeff Turner Last June, an unarmed black motorist named Aaron Bailey was fatally shot by two IMPD officers. The officers were cleared of criminal wrongdoing last October, though the Civilian Merit Board was slated to decide whether the two officers who killed Bailey would keep their jobs. While not the first person of color […]

dear Gemini (Perspective: Living with Bipolar Disorder)

dear Gemini, some people say that you are two faced, but I disagree. I say you experience life in duality. I say you walk on the edge of a two-sided coin, and at any point it can flip either way. sometimes you’re heads and sometimes you’re tails and you don’t have much say over which […]

“You are missed”: Indianapolis project offers hope through writing to those lost through suicide

“If I died nobody would miss me.” “Everybody would be happier if I were gone.” During depression your mind “tells you all these lies … when in reality, so many lives are shattered after they lose somebody they care about,” writes the coordinator of a local campaign, “What Happens After Suicide.” In response to her […]

Perspective: Group Discussion on White Privilege

By Jeff Turner On April 3, 2018, the Butler University Diversity and Advocacy Committee hosted an event. The topic was white privilege. Since Butler is less than three blocks from my house and I was free that evening, I decided to attend. It proved to be an extremely worthwhile experience. There were over sixty in […]

Kennedy King Memorial Institute Commemorates 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death

By Jeff Turner On April 4th, 1968, precisely fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. Riots erupted in major cities all over the country as a result. However, in Indianapolis, there were no riots that night. Many attribute this to a […]

March For Our Lives – Monument Circle – 11:00 a.m.

March 24th 11:00-2:00 In the wake of the recent tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting, students and concerned citizens across the country have been calling for gun control legislation. Students have been organizing marches all across the country, including in Indianapolis. This Saturday, March 24th Hoosiers will gather to show their support for gun control legislation […]