Colorado Rights Blog

June 17th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado mourns the passing of Don Bounds

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing this morning of a close member of the ACLU of Colorado family, Don Bounds. Don was deeply involved with the ACLU of Colorado for decades as a former Board member, member of the Legal Panel, long time generous supporter, and dedicated volunteer. We express our deepest condolences to his wife, Suzanne Greene. Memorial plans have not yet been announced. | Read More

June 9th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado Remembers Martha Sattler

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley It is with a very heavy heart that we at the ACLU of Colorado mark the passing on Sunday, June 7, of Martha Sattler, a lifelong champion of civil rights and civil liberties whose selfless dedication to justice, in large measure, made our work possible. Martha’s contributions to the ACLU of Colorado were immense and indispensable. She served multiple terms on the Board of Directors, worked as both Intake Director and Associate Director, organized volunteer and fundraising events, and represented.... | Read More

April 30th, 2015

The death penalty’s false promise

Lindsay Schlageter By: Lindsay Schlageter The long awaited Aurora theater shooting trial began this week.  This is a death penalty trial and is expected to last four to five months.  I was able to attend the opening statements, which can only be described as heart wrenching.  They were a preview for what is to come over these months and I believe represent a strong argument against the death penalty. As the prosecution started the day with their opening statement, they described in detail the events that took place in the movie theater.... | Read More

April 10th, 2015

John Carlson: The right to rest

Guest blogger By: Guest blogger (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

April 9th, 2015

The real death panels: The heavy burden of picking a jury for a death penalty trial

Lindsay Schlageter By: Lindsay Schlageter 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

April 9th, 2015

A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado’s Cake Wars

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley (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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Videos

  • 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.