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Blog, Criminal Justice | October 13th, 2017

Colorado’s Alamosa Municipal Court Tramples on the Rights of Poor People

Municipal judges have incredible power over the lives of the people who enter their courtrooms. When these judges refuse to follow the law and instead run their courtrooms like fiefdoms, they can ruin lives. This is starkly true for people already living in poverty who must appear in Colorado’s Alamosa Municipal Court. In our new investigative report, “Justice Derailed,” we examine Alamosa’s local court, which operates under the sole leadership of Judge Daniel Powell. This court stands out.... | Read More

October 9th, 2017

Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors

Government transparency is key to holding our elected officials accountable and ensuring our three branches of government operate as our Constitution outlined. Humanists Doing Good and World Affairs Council of Western Colorado are hosting Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D., volunteer speaker for the ACLU of Colorado, for an informative and lively presentation and discussion on why government transparency is essential to ensuring our civil rights and liberties are protected. This event is free and open.... | Read More

ACLU Report Highlights Abusive and Unconstitutional Practices in Colorado City Courts

DENVER – Colorado’s more than 200 municipal courts operate without meaningful accountability or oversight, and one court in particular — the Alamosa Municipal Court— systematically violates the constitutional rights of its mainly impoverished criminal defendants, according to a report released today by the ACLU of Colorado. Justice Derailed: A case study of abusive and unconstitutional practices in Colorado city courts is based on a multi-year ACLU investigation which revealed that, despite.... | Read More

Blog, LGBT Equality | September 11th, 2017

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions Want to Enshrine a Business Right to Discriminate Into the Constitution

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project   September 7, 2017 Can businesses put up a sign that says, “We Don’t Sell To Gays?” President Trump says yes. Today Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Supreme Court in an amicus brief that businesses have a constitutional right to discriminate against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That means that business owners could put a sign in the window saying, “We Don’t Serve Gays,” even if a state or Congress.... | Read More

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