John Carlson: The right to rest
(This guest column originally appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera. It was written by a Boulder County ACLU Chapter Board member.) By John Carlson Homelessness is not a crime. It's a status, the product of poverty. Or mental illness. Or sudden misfortune, like a big medical bill that leads to a foreclosure. It's generally acquired innocently or involuntarily, and sleeping on streets or parks is its inevitable consequence. That's because human beings are biologically compelled to rest, whether.... | Read More
The real death panels: The heavy burden of picking a jury for a death penalty trial
The verdict is in for the Boston marathon bombing trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty. Because the prosecution is seeking death, they will now move onto the penalty phase of the trial. Death penalty trials are different than other first degree murder trials. When death is not a sentencing option the jury will come to a verdict and then the judge will hand down a sentence. However, with a death penalty trial the jury then moves into the penalty phase. In this phase it is no longer.... | Read More
A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado’s Cake Wars
(This entry also appears on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/a-tale-of-two-cakes-the-r_b_7029284.html) Colorado has been ground zero for the "cake wars," a seemingly trivial conflict with some serious principles at stake. Since the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends religious liberty, freedom of speech, marriage equality and equal protection from discrimination, we care about the distinctions that these two recent high profile cake cases.... | Read More
Colorado Civil Liberties on the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters
(This entry also appears on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/colorado-civil-liberties_b_6820070.html) Emboldened by some of last November’s election results, Colorado legislators have flooded this year’s legislative session with bills that would roll back civil rights and civil liberties in our state. The ACLU of Colorado and our allies inside and outside of the Capitol have been successful so far in stopping the most outrageous attacks, but just.... | Read More
Meet Our Clients: Fort Collins Class Action
On Feb. 10, 2015, The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a class action lawsuit challenging an anti-panhandling ordinance that is being widely enforced by Fort Collins, in violation of the free speech rights of people who are impoverished and homeless, as well as street performers and non-profit canvassers. Fort Collins police have issued “dozens and dozens” of citations, vigorously enforcing an unconstitutional law that criminalizes peaceful, non-threatening speech and expression,.... | Read More
WATCH: ACLU of Colorado Response to Jessie Hernandez Shooting
ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein held a press conference this morning responding to the Denver Police Department shooting of Jessica Hernandez. Watch video of the conference here via the Denver Post: | Read More
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.
Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.