Statement on the Judgment that Denver Sheriff’s Deputies Used Excessive Force in the Death of Marvin Booker
October 14, 2014 DENVER – A federal court jury today found Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against Rev. Marvin L. Booker, who died at the Denver Jail in 2010, and awarded Rev. Booker’s family $4.6 million in punitive and compensatory damages. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “The ACLU of Colorado offers somber congratulations to the family of Rev. Marvin L. Booker and the attorneys that delivered justice today.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Celebrates Marriage Equality in Colorado
10/7/14 DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court this morning lifted its stay on the ruling of Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree declaring Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, making that judgment final. The Colorado Attorney General has ordered all 64 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and licenses are currently being issued throughout the state. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following.... | Read More
Academic Freedom Groups Oppose “Deeply Problematic” Jefferson County Curriculum Review Proposal
DENVER – Eight national and local organizations, including the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, wrote the Jefferson County School Board today in opposition to the board’s proposed review of the curriculum for Advanced Placement U.S. History. School board members have proposed a new “board committee for curriculum review” with a stated mission to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system,.... | Read More
Democracy in Action
(From The Human Race and Other Sports) By Christopher Brauchli, Human Race & Other Sports As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? — William Marcy Tweed, November 1871. Recent events cause some to wonder whether the literacy tests that voters in some states were required to pass, before voting, from the early 1890s until the 1960s, are preferable to the methods used today to disenfranchise minority voters. Literacy tests were used so that those who were elected.... | Read More
JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism. Too Bad their School Board wasn’t Listening
How disappointing that a majority of the Jefferson County School Board chose last night to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members. Despite apparent changes to make the proposal seem less inflammatory, there is no reason to trust it. The Jeffco School Board members.... | Read More
Fighting for Captain Underpants
(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Samia Hossain, William J. Brennan Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy, & Technology Project "Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants." "Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman." "Captain Underpants and the Farty Fight for Free Speech." Okay fine, I made up the last one. The silly titles of the "Captain Underpants" series lined our bookshelf at home, thanks to my younger brother. As his wiser and worldlier.... | 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.
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