Colorado Rights Blog

May 25th, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Meeting Award Winners

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley At our 2017 Annual Meeting, we were proud to recognize the significant contributions to civil rights and civil liberties of The Coalition for Compassion and Action, Xavier Long, Kristin Fasy, Rosie Piller, and Nancy Sobel. The Coalition for Compassion and Action, a grassroots activist organization focused on protecting the rights of people who are poor and vulnerable and opposing criminalization of homelessness in Colorado Springs,  was awarded the 2017 Civil Rights in Action Award. Since.... | Read More

May 18th, 2017

Good policy-making (mostly) won out over partisan politics in the 2017 Legislative Session

Denise Maes By: Denise Maes The post-mortem on this year's legislative session has been mostly positive. Lawmakers are being applauded for their willingness to place good policy-making above partisan politics. Governor Hickenlooper referred to the 2017 session as "the most productive" since he took office in 2011. Legislators made big news for finding common ground on some of the state's most critical issues, like construction defects reform and addressing the hospital provider fee. Lawmakers also found common ground - most.... | Read More

January 31st, 2017

Reflections on True Patriotism

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley When I began work as Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado in 2012, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of a bright red bound pamphlet titled, “The True Patriot,” by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer, both sons of immigrants, both proud to be American.  I have kept it on my desk ever since as a reminder of my charge. It is an honor to work here, since few organizations exemplify true patriotism more fully than the American Civil Liberties Union, defending the Constitution of the United States for.... | Read More

January 20th, 2017

The People’s Oath: Your Own Oath of Office

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley As Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office as President, the American Civil Liberties Union invites you to take your own oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.  Whatever challenges we may face to principles of due process, privacy, equal protection and freedom from cruelty, the ACLU will stand firm.  The ACLU is ready to defend First Amendment rights of press, protest, speech, and religious freedom for all people.  We will not ignore threats to the rights of immigrants, women, people.... | Read More

January 10th, 2017

Opportunities for Continued Success at the Colorado Legislature

Denise Maes By: Denise Maes This upcoming legislative session will have many familiar themes. In fact, the make-up at the Capitol looks very similar to the 2016 session, where each of our six top priority bills enjoyed bipartisan support on their way to being passed into law. Related: Make Colorado a Civil Liberties Safe Zone This year, we’ll continue working with legislators on restoring trust between police and communities. One planned piece of legislation will direct officers to provide the reason they stop an individual.... | Read More

November 16th, 2016

Make Colorado a Civil Liberties Safe Zone

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley (Also published on the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/582c94c5e4b08c963e3439c9?timestamp=1479318036366) The rights and freedoms promised in the U.S. Constitution are the pride of our nation, and our history is defined by a constant struggle to make those promises real for all people, not just for some. For nearly a century, the ACLU has been at the forefront of defending and advancing these civil liberties, with many landmark successes. Now our Constitutional rights.... | 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.