ACLU of Colorado to Honor John Parvensky, Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, and Gail Johnson as 2016 Civil Rights Award Recipients
DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is pleased to announce that John Parvensky, Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, and Gail Johnson will receive our 2016 Civil Rights Awards, which will be presented at the Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, October 13th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. John Parvensky will receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award in recognition of his lifetime of accomplishments working as an advocate for the rights and needs of people experiencing homelessness. Parvensky has served as President.... | Read More
ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Colorado Medicaid Over Unlawful Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions
DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado filed a federal class action lawsuit this morning on behalf of thousands of low-income Coloradans suffering from Hepatitis C who are being denied life-saving treatment due to Colorado Medicaid restrictions that force them to incur serious harm to their health before gaining access to the cure. “Federal law requires state Medicaid agencies to pay for medically necessary treatment, but Colorado Medicaid illegally denies a cure for Hepatitis C for reasons that are.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on Denver’s New Park Banishment Directive
9/1/16 DENVER – Yesterday, Denver officials announced a new directive empowering police to unilaterally ban people from public parks based on an accusation of perceived drug use. According to the directive, a person does not need to be charged, tried, or convicted of any crime for a ban notice, which is punishable by jail if violated, to be issued. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “Denver’s park banishment directive is.... | Read More
Violence at Spring Creek: It’s not the kids, it’s the culture
(This column was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette on 9/28/16) In a recent Gazette article, it was reported that Spring Creek Correctional Facility is again erupting with assaults and riots, leaving youths and staff frightfully unsafe. After more than two years of hearing these kinds of reports from Spring Creek, it has become increasingly clear that the facility is plagued by an unforgiving and punitive culture that breeds violence and chaos. Staff now attribute the source of the violence.... | Read More
Darsean Kelly Knew His Rights. He Got Tased Anyway.
Police in Aurora, Colorado, got a call about a man pulling a gun on a kid. They had no description of the suspect. On their way to the scene, they stopped two Black men walking down the sidewalk. Darsean Kelley, one of the men, followed the officers’ orders to hold his hands above his head and turn around. His repeated requests for an explanation as to why they had been detained went unanswered. Even though it was clear he had no weapons and he was no threat to the officers, Darsean was tased.... | Read More
Protect Freedom on the 16th Street Mall
This column was originally published on 7/29/16 in the Denver Business Journal. In any discussion of improving perceptions of the 16th Street Mall, it is essential to remember that the Mall is a public space, and therefore must be open to all segments of the public. Any attempt to drive away some people because of how they look or how much money they have is an unacceptable abuse of individual freedom and civil liberties. It is also important to remember that for the most part, the 16th Street.... | 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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