Colorado Rights Blog

November 17th, 2014

Denver Post Letter to the Editor: Should smoking be banned on Denver’s 16th Street Mall?

Guest blogger By: Guest blogger (Written by ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes and published in the November 16 Denver Post) Protecting public health is certainly not the only, or even the main, motivation behind the proposed smoking ban on the 16th Street Mall. Rather, police would gain another tool of selective enforcement to target, harass and ultimately displace the homeless population from downtown. Across the state, new laws are being added every day to push people living in poverty out of sight and.... | Read More

November 12th, 2014

ACLU in the News: Durango Stops Enforcement of Unconstitutional Loitering Law

John Krieger By: John Krieger More and more cities around Colorado are passing new laws or enforcing old ones to target, harass, and displace people living in poverty. At our encouragement, the City of Durango recently stopped enforcing a loitering ordinance that infringed on peaceful, non-threatening speech. As reported in the Durango Herald: Durango’s loitering law questioned by group Musician ticketed after business owner complains By Chuck Slothower Herald staff writer The city of Durango has stopped.... | Read More

October 28th, 2014

Welcome, Jayme!

Alejandra Garza By: Alejandra Garza The ACLU of Colorado staff has grown again! Jayme Kritzler recently came on board as our Economic Justice Fellow, a brand-new position that was made possible through a generous gift by one of our supporters. During her year-long fellowship, Jayme will dedicate her time to work around the intersection of poverty, inequality, and civil liberties  in Colorado. Join us in welcoming Jayme to the ACLU of Colorado team! More about Jayme: Jayme graduated from the University of California, Davis in.... | Read More

October 20th, 2014

2014 Annual Report

Alejandra Garza By: Alejandra Garza Our 2013-2014 Annual Report is here! Read about the past year's legislative victories, legal team achievements, community engagement efforts, and the people who inspire us and make our work possible: [caption id="attachment_4267" align="aligncenter" width="231"] ACLU of Colorado 2013-2014 Annual Report[/caption] | Read More

October 20th, 2014

A wonderful evening at the Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner

Alejandra Garza By: Alejandra Garza Last Friday, October 17, the ACLU of Colorado held its annual Carle Whitehead Bill of Rights Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Attended by close to 300 supporters, the dinner featured award presentations to outstanding civil rights and civil liberties leaders and featured speaker Dennis Parker, national ACLU Racial Justice Program Director. Congratulations to honorees Bob Connelly, Laura Rovner, and the late Dr. Vincent Harding. And thank you to our wonderful sponsors, supporters, and.... | Read More

October 20th, 2014

Durango Herald Op-Ed: Practice is ineffective, costly, barbaric and mistake-ridden

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley This op-ed, written by our Executive Director, appeared in Saturday's Durango Herald: The death penalty is a broken, costly and barbaric practice that does nothing to deter crime or enhance justice. All too often, it brings about the ultimate injustice: government execution of an innocent person. Application of the death penalty is highly arbitrary and often biased, depending upon location, money, race, mental illness, the personal judgment of a district attorney and quality of legal representation..... | Read More



  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

  • 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.