Introducing the ACLU of Colorado 2015 Legislative Scorecard
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
ACLU of Colorado mourns the passing of Don Bounds
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
ACLU of Colorado Remembers Martha Sattler
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
The death penalty’s false promise
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
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
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.