Statement from ACLU Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on DA Brauchler’s Decision to End Death Penalty Pursuit in Montour Trial
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is encouraged by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to end his lengthy and expensive pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Edward Montour. “We also recognize the courage of Robert Autobee, who spoke out against the deep flaws in Colorado’s death penalty from a unique and extremely personal perspective. Thankfully, Robert Autobee and his family will now be afforded the closure they have sought for more than.... | Read More
Public Education Campaign Launches to Win Marriage Equality in Colorado
With multiple pathways to secure the freedom to marry for committed couples in Colorado, new broad, statewide campaign launches to build support DENVER – Today, in an effort to remove discrimination from Colorado’s constitution and win the freedom to marry, key state and national advocacy groups led a broad coalition of faith, business, civic and political leaders, and everyday Coloradans in launching Why Marriage Matters Colorado at a public rally in Denver on the west steps.... | Read More
Prepared Testimony of ACLU Public Policy Director Denise Maes on HB 1061 – Eliminate Prison for Inability to Pay Fines
Bill to be considered February 25 by the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30 pm MT “Debtors' prison sounds like an archaic term - some long abandoned concept from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel. Unfortunately, their use is alive and well in Colorado and you don't have to travel very far beyond the Capitol to see it. “The U.S. Constitution and the Colorado Constitution prohibit debtors' prisons. The law requires that, before jailing anyone for unpaid fines, courts must determine whether.... | Read More
Boulder Daily Camera Editorial: “Punishments should fit the crimes”
Read this excellent editorial from the Boulder Daily Camera opposing draconian and wasteful measures by the city to crackdown on the homeless population. Take action now and tell the City Council to reject the "social misbehavior" ordinance which will be considered by the Council tonight. | Read More
Prepared Remarks for Launch of “Why Marriage Matters Colorado” Campaign
At the ACLU of Colorado, we work on many civil liberties issues—some where our nation is moving forwards and others where we are fighting not to lose ground, but I can’t think of any issue where justice is flowing more rapidly than on marriage equality. Challenges to discrimination are mounting everywhere; the number of marriage equality states doubled in the last year, and I want Colorado to join that list! Civil Unions was a huge step forward, and so much has happened in the last eight.... | Read More
Criminalizing the Poor: The Ugly Rise of Panhandling Bans
An ugly trend is developing in Colorado communities—a series of panhandling or no-solicitation ordinances designed to silence the poor and homeless and push them into other communities. Despite a victory by the ACLU of Colorado against one of these ordinances in Colorado Springs last year, new attempts have popped up in locations such as Grand Junction, Boulder, Pueblo, and Centennial. Panhandling bans are often proposed under the guise of public safety, but the ACLU does not oppose legitimate.... | Read More
Why America still fails to reform its horrible prisons http://t.co/X2m99t8rZk
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.
A small sampling of the many Coloradans who are grateful to our legislators for making civil unions happen last year.
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