Colorado Rights Blog

August 4th, 2015

The Government Is Watching #BlackLivesMatter, And It’s Not Okay

ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado 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

July 22nd, 2015

The Mall is for All

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley (This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post website at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/the-mall-is-for-all_b_7852292.html?utm_hp_ref=denver&ir=Denver) A recent article in the Denver Post raised concerns about whether enough people "linger" on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The role of the shuttles, the types of shops on the mall, and the overall environment of the mall are among factors under consideration. The focus of the article was not primarily.... | Read More

June 30th, 2015

Introducing the ACLU of Colorado 2015 Legislative Scorecard

ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado As we do after every legislative session, we prepared a legislative scorecard so you, our members, can see where each legislator stands on civil liberties issues. But here was the problem this year: because best practices dictate that we score only those bills that were voted on by the entire legislature, the scorecard cannot possibly tell the whole story. There were many bills that the ACLU championed that moved in one chamber but could not survive the political landmine of the split chamber.... | Read More

June 17th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado mourns the passing of Don Bounds

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing this morning of a close member of the ACLU of Colorado family, Don Bounds. Don was deeply involved with the ACLU of Colorado for decades as a former Board member, member of the Legal Panel, long time generous supporter, and dedicated volunteer. We express our deepest condolences to his wife, Suzanne Greene. Memorial plans have not yet been announced. | Read More

June 9th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado Remembers Martha Sattler

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley It is with a very heavy heart that we at the ACLU of Colorado mark the passing on Sunday, June 7, of Martha Sattler, a lifelong champion of civil rights and civil liberties whose selfless dedication to justice, in large measure, made our work possible. Martha’s contributions to the ACLU of Colorado were immense and indispensable. She served multiple terms on the Board of Directors, worked as both Intake Director and Associate Director, organized volunteer and fundraising events, and represented.... | Read More

April 30th, 2015

The death penalty’s false promise

ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado The long awaited Aurora theater shooting trial began this week.  This is a death penalty trial and is expected to last four to five months.  I was able to attend the opening statements, which can only be described as heart wrenching.  They were a preview for what is to come over these months and I believe represent a strong argument against the death penalty. As the prosecution started the day with their opening statement, they described in detail the events that took place in the movie theater.... | Read More

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  • Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.

    In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”

    Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • 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.