Tweets

Colorado Rights Blog

Videos

  • 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.

ACLU-CO Statement on Adams Co Decision to Rescind “Free-Speech Area”

June 10, 2013

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein on today's decision by the Adams County commissioners to rescind their previous resolution establishing a "free-speech area."

"The Adams County commissioners’ decision to rescind the “no speech” resolution is a welcome development. By banning demonstrations in the open plaza opposite the building’s main entrance, the commissioners violated a long line of First Amendment rulings. These ‘public forum’ cases hold that citizens have the right to gather at the seat of government, express their views, criticize government policies, and petition for redress of grievances.

"The commissioners were wrong to believe that they had the legal right to confine citizens’ speech to a small out-of-sight and out-of-the-way corner of the county property. The protection of free expression is especially strong under the Colorado Constitution. The Colorado Supreme Court has held that even a privately-owned shopping mall must accommodate citizens who want to engage in free-speech activities inside the mall."

More on this issue



Return to News