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ACLU of Colorado Statement of City of Denver’s Revision to Panhandling Ordinance

DENVER - One day after a federal district court in Colorado ruled that Grand Junction’s panhandling ordinance violates the First Amendment, Denver Police Chief Robert White ordered his officers to suspend enforcement of Denver’s panhandling ordinance. “We commend Denver for taking prompt action to suspend enforcement of a panhandling ordinance that violates the First Amendment rights of persons who peacefully ask for charity in public places,” said Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado Legal.... | Read More

Federal Court Strikes Down Grand Junction Panhandling Ordinance

October 1, 2015 DENVER - Federal District Court Judge Christine Arguello issued a 39-page decision yesterday striking down Grand Junction’s panhandling ordinance, ruling that it violates the First Amendment rights of persons who wish to solicit charity in public places. Wednesday’s ruling expands on an earlier order in the case, issued in June, which held that the ordinance regulated speech on the basis of its content. That ruling required Grand Junction to meet the strictest standard of.... | Read More

Colorado Springs Orders Police to Stop Illegal Enforcement of Panhandling Ordinance After ACLU Steps In

September 30, 2015 In a remarkable turn of events, the City of Colorado Springs has ordered the Colorado Springs Police Department to immediately stop issuing citations for alleged violations of ordinance 10.18.112, titled “Soliciting on or Near Street or Highway”. It has also forbidden citations for most sections of ordinance of 9.2.111 “Solicitation Prohibited.” The CSPD issued a sweeping department bulletin instructing its officers to “discontinue issuing summonses for Solicitation.... | Read More

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The Government Is Watching #BlackLivesMatter, And It’s Not Okay

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program August 4, 2015 | 10:30 AM According to documents recently obtained by The Intercept in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the government is surveilling the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Records from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination show that since August 2014, DHS officials have been trolling public social media accounts, including Facebook,.... | Read More

The Mall is for All

(This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post website at A recent article in the Denver Post raised concerns about whether enough people "linger" on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The role of the shuttles, the types of shops on the mall, and the overall environment of the mall are among factors under consideration. The focus of the article was not primarily.... | Read More

| June 30th, 2015

Introducing the ACLU of Colorado 2015 Legislative Scorecard

As we do after every legislative session, we prepared a legislative scorecard so you, our members, can see where each legislator stands on civil liberties issues. But here was the problem this year: because best practices dictate that we score only those bills that were voted on by the entire legislature, the scorecard cannot possibly tell the whole story. There were many bills that the ACLU championed that moved in one chamber but could not survive the political landmine of the split chamber.... | 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.

ACLU of Colorado Campaigns

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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- 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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ICE Campaign VictoryEnd Immigration Detainers
The ACLU of Colorado successfully convinced all sheriffs in Colorado to stop holding people in jail on detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration....

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