Colorado Rights Blog

January 23rd, 2015

Half-Baked Complaint Alleges Discrimination Where There is None

ACLU Blog of Rights By: ACLU Blog of Rights (From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:17am   When Christian educator Bill Jack ordered a cake last year from Azucar, a Denver bakery, he had a special decoration request for owner Marjorie Silva. He wanted the cake to say "God Hates Gays" with a drawing to match. Silva refused, and now she's facing a half-baked complaint from Jack alleging he was the victim of religious discrimination. Jack and others are touting this as equivalent to what happened at.... | Read More

January 9th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado Attorneys Named Top Lawyers by 5280 Magazine

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley It's with great pride that we recognize ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein and Staff Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace who were recently named top lawyers in the field of civil rights by 5280 Magazine. The magazine chose 300 top lawyers in the Denver Metro Area in 46 specialties. Lawyers chosen for the list were selected by their peers using a combination of surveys sent out to thousands of Colorado attorneys and in-depth interviews conducted by the magazine. See the full list and read.... | Read More

December 31st, 2014

Colorado Civil Liberties in Review: 12 Highlights of 2014

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley As 2014 closes, here are 12 highlights that represent a sample of the cases won, bills passed or defeated, and civil liberties issues raised by the ACLU of Colorado this year.  There will be even more challenges ahead in 2015, from fights for privacy, free speech, voting rights and racial justice to battles against mass incarceration, capital punishment, abuse of police power, and discrimination in all its forms. Thank you to all of our members, supporters, and activists for caring about civil liberties,.... | Read More

December 23rd, 2014

After Tragedy, Time to Focus on the Tough Work of Reform

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley I am horrified by the killing of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in New York City.  I grieve for their families, and I sympathize with the outrage of the law enforcement community.  At the same time, I remain horrified by the killing of Eric Garner and other victims of police violence.  I grieve for their families, and I sympathize with the outrage of protesters.  Are these sentiments contradictory?  I don’t think so. The violent death of any person in our society is tragic,.... | Read More

December 5th, 2014

Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

Lindsay Schlageter By: Lindsay Schlageter This past week the state of Texas was scheduled to execute a severely mentally ill man.  Scott Panetti has suffered from schizophrenia and other mental illness most of his life.  In 1992 he went off his medication, dressed in full camouflage and murdered his mother and father-in-law in front of his wife and daughter.  When he went to trial he was allowed to represent himself during both the guilt and penalty phases of the proceedings.  He dressed in a cowboy costume at court and attempted to.... | Read More

December 4th, 2014

HuffPo Blog: Fix the Police! Accountability Needed in Law Enforcement

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley (This blog post was featured on HuffingtonPost.com December 4) Following the non-indictment of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for strangling Eric Garner to death with an illegal choke hold in Staten Island, it is clearer than ever that something is badly broken in our system of justice. Once again, a black man has been killed by a white police officer with impunity, and once again there is no accountability for excessive use of force by those who ought to be protecting our communities, not killing.... | Read More

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  • 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.