Colorado Rights Blog


  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

  • One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.

  • By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.

18. “Thirty People Have to Go”

Colorado’s largest newspaper, The Denver Post, recently announced it would cut a third of its newsroom staff. John sits down with Noelle Phillips a Denver Post reporter and Vice Chair of the Denver Newspaper Guild to talk about the recent layoffs, the role of journalism in holding our public officials accountable, Sinclair-owned TV stations, and “fake news.” Also, an update from Stephen on the Live and Let Live Bill.

Call to Action:
If your Colorado driver’s license has been canceled because of court debt in a traffic case you couldn’t afford, contact Becca Curry at or 720-402-3115.  

Call to Action:
Contact the Joint Budget Committee and urge them to focus on the education and well-being of students and not an increased police presence.

Sen. Dominick Moreno: 303.866.4857
Sen. Kevin Lundberg: 303.866.4853
Sen. Ken Lambert: 303.866.4835
Rep. Millie Hamner: 303.866.2952
Rep. Bob Rankin: 303.866.2949
Rep. Dave Young: 303.866.2929

Contact the corporate owners of The Denver Post:
Alton Global Capital: 212-418-6865
Digital First Media CEO Guy Gilmore: 651-717-7377

The Purple State Report is brought to you by the ACLU of Colorado. Our show was produced by Vanessa Michel, John Krieger and Alejandra Garza with original theme music by Pablo Novelas. Additional music by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you have feedback or suggestions for future episodes email us at

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