Durango Herald Op-Ed: Practice is ineffective, costly, barbaric and mistake-ridden
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
Democracy in Action
(From The Human Race and Other Sports) By Christopher Brauchli, Human Race & Other Sports As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? — William Marcy Tweed, November 1871. Recent events cause some to wonder whether the literacy tests that voters in some states were required to pass, before voting, from the early 1890s until the 1960s, are preferable to the methods used today to disenfranchise minority voters. Literacy tests were used so that those who were elected.... | Read More
JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism. Too Bad their School Board wasn’t Listening
How disappointing that a majority of the Jefferson County School Board chose last night to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members. Despite apparent changes to make the proposal seem less inflammatory, there is no reason to trust it. The Jeffco School Board members.... | Read More
Fighting for Captain Underpants
(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Samia Hossain, William J. Brennan Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy, & Technology Project "Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants." "Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman." "Captain Underpants and the Farty Fight for Free Speech." Okay fine, I made up the last one. The silly titles of the "Captain Underpants" series lined our bookshelf at home, thanks to my younger brother. As his wiser and worldlier.... | Read More
Denver Post editorial: “Should Colorado voters approve “personhood” ballot measure (Amendment 67)? No”
This editorial by our Executive Director appeared in Sunday's Denver Post Colorado's anti-abortion extremists have a clear goal: They want to ban all abortions in all circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is in danger. Twice, in 2008 and 2010, they gathered enough signatures for Colorado ballot initiatives that would have defined a fetus, or even a fertilized egg, as a legal person, subjecting women and their doctors to criminal liability and banning all abortion..... | Read More
Happy Constitution Day!
Constitution Day is the one day a year when we take time to celebrate the signing of our Constitution — the supreme law of the United States — created by our Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787. This monumental document bestows our rights and freedoms and provides the framework for our government — both federal and state — and the relationship between the two. It incorporates pivotal concepts of separation of power and checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government.... | 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.