ACLU of Colorado Opposes New “Personhood” Bill, SB 268
4/17/2015 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado issued the following statement today on SB 268, the “Personhood” bill introduced in the Colorado State Senate on April 14: “The ACLU of Colorado strongly opposes Senate Bill 268, the latest in a long line of attempts to change Colorado’s laws to establish legal personhood at conception. “Colorado voters and legislators have repeatedly recognized the dangerous consequences of defining a fertilized egg as a person.... | Read More
Prepared Testimony of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on the Right to Rest Act
April 15, 2015 DENVER – Today, the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives will hear testimony on House Bill 1264, a bill to ensure that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances or social status, have the right to rest and move about in public places without fear of being ticketed, harassed, or arrested. The following is the prepared testimony of ACLU of Colorado Executive Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on HB 1264: It has become clear.... | Read More
MEDIA ADVISORY: Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Organizations to Host Denver City Council Candidate Forum
April 8, 2015 DENVER - The Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, and Communities United Against Mass Incarceration will host a Denver City Council Candidate Forum on Thursday, April 9 at 4:30 pm City Council candidates for Districts 10 & 11 and the at-large seats will be asked to respond to questions on a broad range of criminal justice, healthcare, homelessness, and drug policy issues in Denver. WHEN: Thursday,.... | Read More
John Carlson: The right to rest
(This guest column originally appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera. It was written by a Boulder County ACLU Chapter Board member.) By John Carlson Homelessness is not a crime. It's a status, the product of poverty. Or mental illness. Or sudden misfortune, like a big medical bill that leads to a foreclosure. It's generally acquired innocently or involuntarily, and sleeping on streets or parks is its inevitable consequence. That's because human beings are biologically compelled to rest, whether.... | Read More
The real death panels: The heavy burden of picking a jury for a death penalty trial
The verdict is in for the Boston marathon bombing trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty. Because the prosecution is seeking death, they will now move onto the penalty phase of the trial. Death penalty trials are different than other first degree murder trials. When death is not a sentencing option the jury will come to a verdict and then the judge will hand down a sentence. However, with a death penalty trial the jury then moves into the penalty phase. In this phase it is no longer.... | Read More
A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado’s Cake Wars
(This entry also appears on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/a-tale-of-two-cakes-the-r_b_7029284.html) Colorado has been ground zero for the "cake wars," a seemingly trivial conflict with some serious principles at stake. Since the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends religious liberty, freedom of speech, marriage equality and equal protection from discrimination, we care about the distinctions that these two recent high profile cake cases.... | Read More
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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.