Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

Public Policy Director Maes on Gun Control and Mental Health

You're invited to a panel discussion featuring our Public Policy Director, Denise Maes this Tuesday, October 2nd. Due to the horrific mass shootings at Columbine and the more recent Aurora Century Theater, gun control and mental health are frequent topics of conversation and concern here in Colorado. Then Newtown happened, prompting President Obama in his State of the Union address to strongly declare an urgent need for gun legislation. Yet, gun violence continues to occur every day across our nation. Both sides of the gun debate acknowledge that mental health is a critical issue when it comes to gun violence, but neither side has been forthcoming in introducing any meaningful legislation to address it. What is it that makes this issue so difficult to tackle? Should the focus be on mental health, as some have suggested, rather than gun control? Will there ever be a con¬sensus on guns and those who should have a right to own them? Former State Representative Fran Coleman has assembled a panel of local legislators and advocates to address this controversial topic. Some of these individuals have worked on passing laws; some are advocates for quality mental health access; others advocate protecting our civil rights. Come and respectfully listen to each panelist’s viewpoint, and leave with a better idea of which legislation is “just right” and which doesn’t go far enough. Q&A will be included, time permitting.

Featured panelists include:
– Senator Lois Tochtrop, Adams County Senate District 24
– Representative Brian DelGrosso, Larimer County House District 51
– The Honorable Moe Keller, Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, MHAC (Mental Health Association of Colorado)
– Michael Lott Manier, MHAC Policy and Advocacy Specialist
– Tom Mauser, spokesman for Colorado Ceasefire and father of Daniel Mauser who died at Columbine High School shooting
– George DelGrosso, Executive Director of the Colorado Behavioral Health Council
– Denise Maes, Public Policy Director at the Colorado ACLU
– Moderator Fran Coleman, former State Repre¬sentative House District 1 (1998-2006)

One evening
Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 2, 2013
CRN 1107 / $15 

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