Fact sheet: HB 1311 – A Bill to End Debtors’ Prisons in Colorado
Municipal Courts Use Legal "Loopholes" to Keep Debtors' Prisons Alive and Well Municipal courts create debtors' prisons by using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from the poor. In 2014, the legislature passed HB-1061 with near-unanimous bipartisan support, acting to end debtors' prisons in Colorado and ensure that no one ever be incarcerated for failure to pay court debts they are too poor to pay. Municipal courts skirt the law by issuing arrest warrants for defendants who fail.... | Read More
Move Along to Where? Sweeps Illustrate Inhumane Treatment of Homeless and Vulnerable in Colorado
Denver's recent "sweeps" of people experiencing homelessness are a sad reminder of how inhumanely many Colorado cities treat those among us who already face challenging circumstances. The criminalization of homelessness never rests, and people who are homeless almost never get any peaceful rest as a result. Unhoused persons in Denver and other communities in Colorado are routinely arrested for minor offenses, or told by police to "move along," even in the middle of the night, often multiple times..... | Read More
Michael Marshall’s Death at the Denver Jail Ruled a Homicide. Why Was He There in the First Place?
(Also posted on the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/michael-marshalls-death-a_b_8940498.html) Michael Marshall died last November at the Denver jail from injuries he received under the custody of Denver Sheriff deputies. Earlier today, his death was ruled a homicide by the City coroner's office. In addition to serious questions about use of force and why another unarmed person of color has died at the hands of Denver law enforcement, his case illustrates.... | Read More
ACLU Mourns the Loss of Bruce Sattler
Join us for a Celebration of Bruce’s Life on Saturday, February 6th, at 2 p.m. at the Parkhill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden St. The staff, board, and entire ACLU of Colorado community mourns the loss of Bruce Sattler, whose nearly 45 years of leadership, dedication, and service to our organization made an impact that is beyond description. With his brilliant legal mind and sharp wit, Bruce provided wisdom, stability, and often levity through times of strength and times of uncertainty,.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Welcomes New Staff
The ACLU of Colorado is excited to announce the hiring of Alejandra Garza de Gutierrez and Rebecca Curry, the latest staff members to join our fight for civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Alejandra Garza is our new Field Coordinator. Her main focus is developing and implementing strategic advocacy, education and mobilization campaigns while working with diverse organizations and individuals to further the ACLU mission. Before joining the ACLU of Colorado, Alejandra served as Communications.... | Read More
The Government Is Watching #BlackLivesMatter, And It’s Not Okay
By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program August 4, 2015 | 10:30 AM According to documents recently obtained by The Intercept in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the government is surveilling the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Records from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination show that since August 2014, DHS officials have been trolling public social media accounts, including Facebook,.... | Read More
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.