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Racial Justice | July 24th, 2014

ACLU National Racial Justice Director to Keynote Bill of Rights Dinner

July 24, 2014 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is excited to announce that Dennis Parker, Director of the ACLU National Racial Justice Program (RJP), will be the featured speaker at the Annual Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner on Friday, October 17th at The Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver. With its focus on racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation, felon enfranchisement issues, and the school-to-prison pipeline which funnels children of color from the educational.... | Read More

LGBT Equality, Marriage Equality | July 23rd, 2014

Statewide Marriage Campaign Issues Statement on Federal Ruling Striking Down Colorado’s Marriage Ban

July 23, 2014 DENVER – Today, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore declared Colorado’s marriage ban unconstitutional -- the latest of dozens of state and federal rulings striking down similar bans across the country. State Attorney General John Suthers has continued to defend Colorado's ban, despite acknowledging that it is likely to be overturned in the end. Suthers has already wasted taxpayer dollars on the appeal of the state-level ruling, and he has indicated that he intends to waste further.... | Read More

Reproductive Freedom | July 22nd, 2014

Broad-Based Coalition Vows to Fight Efforts To Ban Abortions and Restrict Contraception in Colorado

July 22, 2014 The coalition opposing Amendment 67 kicked off its statewide campaign today, vowing to once again defeat efforts to ban all abortions in Colorado, including in cases of rape and incest and when the health of a woman is at risk. With the Colorado Capitol serving as the backdrop, speakers warned of the dangerous, far-reaching consequences of Amendment 67. “Amendment 67 truly is an attack on family planning, an attack on a woman’s access to health care, an attack on the privacy.... | Read More

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Criminal Justice, Death Penalty | July 24th, 2014

660 Gasps for Breath, Then Death

(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project   We still don't know where the drugs came from. We know they used midazolam and hydromorphone. We know the combination was experimental. And now we know that instead of working, the drugs took nearly two hours to kill Joseph Wood, as he snorted and gasped for air 660 times. Within a couple hours of Mr. Wood's death, the state of Arizona started damage control. Last night, Governor Jan Brewer called.... | Read More

| July 23rd, 2014

Lifting Lives: 2014 Multi-Cultural Day at the Denver Federal Center

In his January 1964 article published in the New York Amsterdam News, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that the “civil rights legislation now before Congress” was “born in the streets of Birmingham amid snarling dogs and the battering of fire hoses. It was fashioned in the jail cells of the South and by the marching feet in the North. It became the order of the day at the great March On Washington last summer” (King). In this characteristically poetic way, Dr. King traced the long, arduous,.... | Read More

Criminal Justice, Stop Solitary | July 22nd, 2014

MUST WATCH: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (former Daily Show correspondent) featured a segment about the U.S. prison system on his show, and it's must-see TV. Mass incarceration, solitary confinement, prison conditions, prison privatization - all are touched upon. Check it out: More information on the ACLU of Colorado's work on solitary confinement can be found on our Stop Solitary campaign page. For information on what the ACLU of Colorado is doing to stop mass incarceration, visit our Criminal.... | 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.

  • A small sampling of the many Coloradans who are grateful to our legislators for making civil unions happen last year.

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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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Campaign--Immigration-DetainersEnd Immigration Detainers
The ACLU of Colorado is challenging the legality of local sheriffs holding people in jail for up to six days past when they would otherwise be released at the behest of....

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Campaign-Marriage EqualityMarriage Equality
The ACLU of Colorado is committed to bringing full marriage equality to Colorado. The ACLU of Colorado recently joined One Colorado and Freedom to Marry to launch Why....

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Campaign-Stop-SolitaryStop Solitary
The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of long-term solitary confinement, especially for people with serious mental illness. Every day, hundreds of prisoners....

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