ACLU of Colorado Opposes Drug Testing for Public Benefits in El Paso County
January 26, 2015 DENVER – El Paso County officials recently announced that, beginning Jan. 26, some participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program will be required to undergo drug screening and testing to remain in the program. Participants will automatically be required to undergo screening after 24 months in the TANF program, or if “reasonable suspicion” of substance use is detected based on a subjective set of criteria devised by the county. American Civil.... | Read More
Lawmakers Choose Politics over People, Vote Again to Defund Driver’s License Law
January 23, 2015 DENVER – Members of the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado legislature voted today for the second time this week to block funding for implementation of the Colorado Road and Safety Act. Based on these votes, the Department of Revenue will not be allowed to access thousands of dollars in fees that have been collected through the law, which allows immigrant Coloradans to access driver’s licenses. Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes: “The.... | Read More
ACLU Lawsuit: Trinidad Liable for False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution, in Undercover Drug Sting
January 8, 2015 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed suit this morning against the City of Trinidad and a pair of Trinidad detectives on behalf of two innocent women who were falsely arrested and prosecuted as part of a highly-publicized “drug sting” in December, 2013. According to the lawsuit, detectives Phil Martin and Arsenio Vigil relied on unsubstantiated accusations made by an untrustworthy confidential informant while ignoring readily available evidence.... | Read More
Half-Baked Complaint Alleges Discrimination Where There is None
(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:17am When Christian educator Bill Jack ordered a cake last year from Azucar, a Denver bakery, he had a special decoration request for owner Marjorie Silva. He wanted the cake to say "God Hates Gays" with a drawing to match. Silva refused, and now she's facing a half-baked complaint from Jack alleging he was the victim of religious discrimination. Jack and others are touting this as equivalent to what happened at.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Attorneys Named Top Lawyers by 5280 Magazine
It's with great pride that we recognize ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein and Staff Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace who were recently named top lawyers in the field of civil rights by 5280 Magazine. The magazine chose 300 top lawyers in the Denver Metro Area in 46 specialties. Lawyers chosen for the list were selected by their peers using a combination of surveys sent out to thousands of Colorado attorneys and in-depth interviews conducted by the magazine. See the full list and read.... | Read More
Colorado Civil Liberties in Review: 12 Highlights of 2014
As 2014 closes, here are 12 highlights that represent a sample of the cases won, bills passed or defeated, and civil liberties issues raised by the ACLU of Colorado this year. There will be even more challenges ahead in 2015, from fights for privacy, free speech, voting rights and racial justice to battles against mass incarceration, capital punishment, abuse of police power, and discrimination in all its forms. Thank you to all of our members, supporters, and activists for caring about civil liberties,.... | Read More
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Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd
Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.