2020 Bill of Rights Event

Please save the date for our first virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 6:00pm. Although we won’t have the opportunity to gather in person, we are excited to come together virtually to celebrate our victories, honor our leaders, and inspire one another’s work just like we do each year at our Bill of Rights Dinner.

All funds raised by the Bill of Rights Event provide crucial support to sustain and expand ACLU of Colorado’s advocacy, communication, and education work throughout Colorado. We hope you can join us!

Register for the event here.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, you can find more information here.
Make a general donation to support this event and all the ACLU’s work here.

2020 Bill of Rights Musical Guest

 Nathaniel Rateliff

Join us for this event to watch a special performance from Denver-based, singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff. As an outspoken critic of Greenwood Village’s resolution to undermine Colorado’s recently passed police accountability bill, Rateliff has promised he will not perform at the city’s Fiddler’s Green amphitheater until the resolution is reversed.


2020 Bill of Rights Event Honorees

Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler will receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for their steadfast fight against racism, misogyny, homophobia and economic injustice. Together, the Tylers launched Race Talk University, a nine-week course educating people to lead conversations about racism and white supremacy in their communities.

Casa de Paz

Casa de Paz will receive the Ralph L. Carr Award for its outstanding work supporting detained immigrants and their families. Casa de Paz began in 2012 as a small, one-bedroom apartment offering hospitality to families separated by immigration detention. Today, they provide shelter, meals, transportation, and support to individuals and families experiencing immigration detention at no cost.

2020 Bill of Rights Dinner Keynote Speakers

Our keynote conversation will be between CeCe McDonald, a transgender activist working to dismantle the prison industrial complex, and Elisabeth Epps, a founder of the Colorado Freedom Fund, prison abolitionist, and the ACLU of Colorado’s Smart Justice Organizer.

CeCe McDonald

As a Black trans woman who has survived transphobia and white supremacy both in prison and out, CeCe McDonald is an activist committed to winning the liberation of all people experiencing oppression. Since her release in January 2014 after serving a 41-month sentence for protecting herself during a violent, transphobic attack, CeCe has dedicated herself to the trans liberation and prison abolition movements through education and organizing.

Elisabeth Epps

Elisabeth Epps is a Colorado-based prison abolitionist, bail activist, organizer, and attorney. As a founder of the Colorado Freedom Fund, a revolving fund that pays ransom for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom, and ACLU of Colorado’s Pretrial Justice Organizer, Elisabeth Epps utilizes direct-action organizing to effect change across systems and communities.


2020 Bill of Rights Event Client Speaker

Dr. Apryl Alexander

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Apryl Alexander, Associate Professor of Psychology at DU and a community organizer with Black Lives Matter 5280. Dr. Alexander is a plaintiff in ACLU of Colorado’s lawsuit against the City and County of Denver on behalf of people who were injured by police while protesting the killings of Black men and women in late May and early June.


Thank you to this year’s sponsors:



Herbert Teitelbaum and Ruth J. Abram

Susan Stark and Bob Connelly


Johnson & Klein, PLLC

Judith Judd

The Sawaya Law Firm


The Advocates 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Chuck Lenzmeier

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

Dan Recht & Elaine Selsberg

Donna Werner

Katy & Bryan KG

Targeted Legal Staffing Solutions

Tierney Lawrence LLC


Alan Chen

Betsy Crane

Nancy R. Crow and Mark A.A. Skrotzki

Paul DeBell

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Robin Hobart

Robyn Loup

Sandra Farkas

Strategies 360



Contact Susie Simmons at ssimmons@aclu-co.org or (720) 402 – 3127 with questions.