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ACLU of Colorado Statement on Repeal of Fort Collins Panhandling Ordinance

February 27, 2015 DENVER – The Fort Collins City Council voted this afternoon to repeal provisions of an anti-panhandling ordinance that is currently being challenged as unconstitutional by an ACLU of Colorado class action lawsuit. ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein issued the following statement: “The City of Fort Collins has taken a positive and welcome first step by repealing the provisions of its panhandling ordinance that have been challenged by the ACLU and our clients,.... | Read More

ACLU of Colorado Commends Chief White and Denver Police for Keeping the Peace Following Vandalism at Protest

February 17, 2015 Statement of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado “The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado applauds Denver Police Chief Robert White and the officers in command during last Saturday’s protest for keeping the peace and not intervening in a way that might have caused the situation to escalate or become violent after two individuals illegally vandalized a police memorial. “The ACLU of Colorado does not condone vandalism.  We advocate for peaceful forms.... | Read More

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Fort Collins Panhandling Law

February 10, 2015 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a class action lawsuit this morning challenging an anti-panhandling ordinance that is being widely enforced by the City of Fort Collins in violation of the free speech rights of people who are impoverished and homeless, as well as street performers and non-profit canvassers. According to the ACLU complaint, Fort Collins police have issued “dozens and dozens” of citations, vigorously enforcing an unconstitutional.... | Read More

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Meet Our Clients: Fort Collins Class Action

On Feb. 10, 2015, The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a class action lawsuit challenging an anti-panhandling ordinance that is being widely enforced by Fort Collins, in violation of the free speech rights of people who are impoverished and homeless, as well as street performers and non-profit canvassers. Fort Collins police have issued “dozens and dozens” of citations, vigorously enforcing an unconstitutional law that criminalizes peaceful, non-threatening speech and expression,.... | Read More

Criminal Justice | January 29th, 2015

WATCH: ACLU of Colorado Response to Jessie Hernandez Shooting

ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein held a press conference this morning responding to the Denver Police Department shooting of Jessica Hernandez. Watch video of the conference here via the Denver Post: | Read More

LGBT Equality | January 23rd, 2015

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

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  • 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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Campaign- Criminalizing HomelessnessCriminalization of Homelessness
Colorado communities are passing new laws and enforcing old ones that essentially make it a crime to be homeless. From restrictions on sitting and lying down in public....

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Campaign-Stop-SolitaryStop Solitary
Every day, hundreds of prisoners in Colorado are forced to live in extreme isolation, confined to small barren cells with virtually no human contact. Solitary confinement....

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marriage VictoryMarriage Equality
The ACLU of Colorado proudly fought for decades to bring full marriage equality to Colorado. We were a founding member, along with One Colorado and Freedom to Marry,....

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Campaign - new Death PenaltyDeath Penalty
The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of the death penalty in Colorado. Colorado's use of the death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive. The death....

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