FACT SHEET: HB17-1338 – A bill to Promptly Bring Municipal Inmates Before a Judge

MUNICIPAL DEFENDANTS OFTEN LANGUISH IN JAIL ON BONDS THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD Statewide, the difference is striking—municipal defendants languish for weeks in jail on minor charges, while state and county defendants charged with serious offenses are brought promptly before a … Continue reading

Colorado Must Beware of Trump’s Voter Suppression Scheme

It is evident that the Trump administration is about to embark on a nationwide voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise thousands or even millions of voters. This campaign will be based on lies and myths about voter fraud, and it will … Continue reading

Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A … Continue reading

The Supreme Court’s Troubling Decision on Funding for Church Playgrounds

By Heather L. Weaver, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Abandoning a longstanding constitutional protection for the separation of church and state, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that a church must be allowed to … Continue reading

Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Meeting Award Winners

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Reflections on True Patriotism

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, … Continue reading

The People’s Oath: Your Own Oath of Office

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, … Continue reading

Opportunities for Continued Success at the Colorado Legislature

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 … Continue reading

Make Colorado a Civil Liberties Safe Zone

(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 … Continue reading