Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • 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.


The ACLU of Colorado is led by an engaged Board of Directors, strategically positioned from around the state.

ACLU of Colorado

Board of Directors 2019-2020

Catherine Sparkman, Chair

Meshach Rhoades, Vice-Chair

Marcus Ollig, Treasurer

Ben Hand-Bender, Secretary

Jeff Knetsch, National Board Representative


Allison M. Cotton, Ph.D.

John Carlson

Violeta R. Chapin

Paul DeBell, Ph.D.

Leslie Durgin

Alexi Freeman

Velveta Golightly-Howell, J.D., M.P.A.

Robin Hobart

Carolyn Love

Julie Reiskin

Maurice C. “Scotty” Scott, M.D.

Laurie Steuri