Colorado Rights Blog

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

July 3rd, 2017

Colorado Must Beware of Trump’s Voter Suppression Scheme

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley It is evident that the Trump administration is about to embark on a nationwide voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise thousands or even millions of voters. This campaign will be based on lies and myths about voter fraud, and it will be carried out under the name of “election integrity.” It is beginning with a mind-boggling demand for Secretaries of State to turn over detailed profiles of all registered voters in every state. It is essential that Colorado, a state that prides itself on voter.... | Read More

June 28th, 2017

Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.

ACLU Blog of Rights By: ACLU Blog of Rights By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A win for the business could gut the nation’s civil rights laws, licensing discrimination not just against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but against anyone protected by our non-discrimination rules. In July 2012, Debbie Munn accompanied.... | Read More

June 28th, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Troubling Decision on Funding for Church Playgrounds

ACLU Blog of Rights By: ACLU Blog of Rights By Heather L. Weaver, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Abandoning a longstanding constitutional protection for the separation of church and state, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that a church must be allowed to participate in a state program that provides direct taxpayer grants to improve school playground surfaces. The decision was very troubling. As we argued in our friend-of-the-court brief in the case, Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the government.... | Read More

May 25th, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Meeting Award Winners

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley At our 2017 Annual Meeting, we were proud to recognize the significant contributions to civil rights and civil liberties of The Coalition for Compassion and Action, Xavier Long, Kristin Fasy, Rosie Piller, and Nancy Sobel. The Coalition for Compassion and Action, a grassroots activist organization focused on protecting the rights of people who are poor and vulnerable and opposing criminalization of homelessness in Colorado Springs,  was awarded the 2017 Civil Rights in Action Award. Since.... | Read More

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  • 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.

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