Colorado Rights Blog

February 7th, 2018

The Latest Scheme to Force Colorado Taxpayers to Pay for Private, Religious Schools

Delana Maynes By: Delana Maynes The ACLU of Colorado opposes and our state constitution bans the funneling of public school money to private, religious schools. We have fought private school vouchers in Colorado, most recently when the Douglas County School Board tried for years to implement the “Choice Scholarship Program,” a scheme that would have granted a select few parents a voucher to pay some of the tuition that was needed to send their kids to exclusive private schools, almost all of which were religious. The program.... | Read More

October 25th, 2017

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case: What You Need to Know

ACLU Blog of Rights By: ACLU Blog of Rights By Ria Tabacco Mar OCTOBER 24, 2017 | 1:00 PM   Five years ago, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Lakewood, Colorado, bakery to purchase a cake for their wedding reception. But the bakery’s owner refused to serve them solely because they’re a same-sex couple. Colorado courts found that the bakery discriminated against Dave and Charlie, violating a state law that says businesses open to the public can’t turn away customers based on sexual orientation..... | Read More

October 13th, 2017

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

Becca Curry By: Becca Curry 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

September 11th, 2017

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

ACLU Blog of Rights By: ACLU Blog of Rights 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

August 31st, 2017

ICE Is Abusing the ACLU’s Clients Because They are Fighting Trump’s Deportation Machine

ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado By Rebecca Wallace, Sara Neel, & Arash Jahanian   AUGUST 31, 2017 | 3:15 PM It was an evening in late July when an ICE guard told France Anwar Elias and several other Iraqi men in immigration custody in Arizona that they were going to be released. France described the feeling as, “going from death back again to life.” The men broke out in tears and embraced one another. Many of them had been in immigration custody for months, unsure of the future and frightened for what could.... | Read More

July 18th, 2017

FACT SHEET: HB17-1338 – A bill to Promptly Bring Municipal Inmates Before a Judge

Becca Curry By: Becca Curry MUNICIPAL DEFENDANTS OFTEN LANGUISH IN JAIL ON BONDS THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD Statewide, the difference is striking—municipal defendants languish for weeks in jail on minor charges, while state and county defendants charged with serious offenses are brought promptly before a judge. Municipal defendants sometimes wait a week or more in jail to see a judge, even though most municipal inmates are incarcerated for low-level offenses, like littering, panhandling or dog-off-leash. In comparison,.... | Read More

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