ACLU to Denver Police: Stop Taking Blankets from Homeless People
DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado sent a letter to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the Denver City Council today responding to widely-circulated videos (video1, video2) showing Denver Police taking blankets, tents, and survival gear from people experiencing homelessness as “evidence” of violations of the Denver camping ban, which criminalizes sleeping outside with a blanket, sleeping bag, or any other form of cover or shelter. The letter demands that the City immediately (1) direct its police.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Hosts Open House for New Volunteers
Last night, we hosted an open house for a room full of volunteers who have signed up to join the ACLU of Colorado since the election. Here's our Executive Director explaining how the tremendous outpouring of support over the last month gives us hope for the fight ahead. Sign up to volunteer with the ACLU of Colorado at: http://aclu-co.org/volunteer/ | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on George Brauchler’s Decision to Seek the Death Penalty in the Johnson Case
Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley: “The ACLU of Colorado is disappointed by Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler’s decision to pursue the death penalty in yet another case, an outlier decision in direct contradiction to movement across Colorado and the rest of the country away from spending limited resources in the pursuit of death. The death penalty is expensive and arbitrary, and every costly trial perpetuates a broken, racially-biased system that can.... | Read More
The People’s Oath: Your Own Oath of Office
As Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office as President, the American Civil Liberties Union invites you to take your own oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Whatever challenges we may face to principles of due process, privacy, equal protection and freedom from cruelty, the ACLU will stand firm. The ACLU is ready to defend First Amendment rights of press, protest, speech, and religious freedom for all people. We will not ignore threats to the rights of immigrants, women, people.... | Read More
Opportunities for Continued Success at the Colorado Legislature
This upcoming legislative session will have many familiar themes. In fact, the make-up at the Capitol looks very similar to the 2016 session, where each of our six top priority bills enjoyed bipartisan support on their way to being passed into law. Related: Make Colorado a Civil Liberties Safe Zone This year, we’ll continue working with legislators on restoring trust between police and communities. One planned piece of legislation will direct officers to provide the reason they stop an individual.... | Read More
Make Colorado a Civil Liberties Safe Zone
(Also published on the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/582c94c5e4b08c963e3439c9?timestamp=1479318036366) The rights and freedoms promised in the U.S. Constitution are the pride of our nation, and our history is defined by a constant struggle to make those promises real for all people, not just for some. For nearly a century, the ACLU has been at the forefront of defending and advancing these civil liberties, with many landmark successes. Now our Constitutional rights.... | Read More
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.