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.
ACLU of Colorado Statement on Denver’s New Park Banishment Directive
9/1/16 DENVER – Yesterday, Denver officials announced a new directive empowering police to unilaterally ban people from public parks based on an accusation of perceived drug use. According to the directive, a person does not need to be charged, tried, or convicted of any crime for a ban notice, which is punishable by jail if violated, to be issued. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “Denver’s park banishment directive is.... | Read More
Thirty-Four Colorado Cities Must Repeal Unconstitutional Loitering Laws
DENVER – In a letter sent today to 34 Colorado municipalities that make it a crime to “loiter for the purpose of begging,” the ACLU of Colorado demanded that municipal authorities stop enforcement and take immediate steps to repeal the “legally indefensible” ordinances. “These outdated ordinances, which prohibit peaceful, nonintrusive requests for charity in any and every public place, must be taken off the books,” said ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein. “As courts.... | Read More
ACLU Files Suit for Records Illegally Denied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
8/24/16 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today challenging a practice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of withholding documents, without legal justification, that immigration lawyers require to advocate for clients that the agency deems to be “fugitives.” “The Freedom of Information Act lists nine and only nine possible grounds an agency may rely on to withhold documents from disclosure,” said ACLU of Colorado Legal Director.... | Read More
ACLU Opposes the Use of Private Contractors to Perform Police Actions on the 16th Street Mall
8/19/16 Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley: The ACLU of Colorado opposes the use of private contractors to perform police actions on the 16th Street Mall. While the Downtown Denver Partnership and city officials are concerned with “perceptions of safety” on the Mall, this approach carries the potential for real civil liberties violations, racial and economic profiling, and the undermining of reforms by the Denver Police Department intended to improve.... | Read More
ACLU Wins $100K Settlement for Former Adams State Professor Who Was Banned from Campus after Criticizing the University
DENVER – Adams State University has agreed to rescind a “No Trespass Order” banning Danny Ledonne, a former professor who publicly criticized administration practices, from its Alamosa, CO campus and to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Colorado based on claims that the university violated Ledonne’s free speech and due process rights. “The ACLU of Colorado brought this suit to vindicate Danny Ledonne’s First Amendment rights and his right to due process of law,”.... | Read More
ACLU Demands Accountability for Denver’s Misuse of Donated Funds to Pay for Homeless Sweeps
City Must Alter Approach and End Policies that Criminalize Homelessness 7/6/2016 DENVER - Following revelations that several high-ranking Denver officials approved the use of $60,000 from a “homeless services donation fund” linked to Denver’s Road Home to pay for the displacement of unhoused people and the confiscation of their possessions, the ACLU of Colorado sent a letter this morning to Mayor Hancock and the City Council demanding greater transparency and accountability in the use.... | Read More