- 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.
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.
Advocacy from Home
The COVID-19 Pandemic has upended our lives. It will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. Spaces we typically engage in, such as the streets, courtrooms, jails, prisons, and detention centers—among others—are now increasingly inaccessible due to physical distancing. The fight to protect the civil liberties of all peoples, however, will persist. Each of us who are able must remain vigilant advocates for the issues affecting the United States and Colorado, even during these difficult times.
Protect People in Jails, Prisons, and ICE Detention Centers
Our prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers have been infamous in their medical negligence, with multiple reports, journalists, and inmates confirming inadequate medical services and sanitation.
We have released a series of demands for the Governor’s office. You can access both letters below.
TELL THE GOVERNOR TO RELEASE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES FROM PRISON. Click here to take our action.
Learn more about this work by going to #DoingMyPartCO
Fight for Racial Justice
In the midst of the pandemic, we are mourning the murder of George Floyd and are extremely concerned about the aggressive police tactics used on protesters. Mr. Floyd is not the first or the last Black person we will mourn. We have watched the result of hundreds of years of racism, racial terror, and police violence that communities of color across the country experience on a regular basis. Policing in the United States is rooted in white supremacy as it began as a way to surveil enslaved Black people.
As our own Jeffery Robinson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, said, “No one has to approve of the rioting in Minneapolis and St. Paul to understand why it is happening. The protests in Minnesota and elsewhere are a direct response to the systemic violence that police perpetrate in Black communities across this country. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. The police violence and murder in the Black community in America must stop immediately.”
It’s important that every person feels safe in their daily activities without endangering their fundamental constitutional rights.
Our country is devastated by the frequent deaths and injuries of hundreds of Black people at the hands of the police. Police officers are entrusted to protect and serve the community and should be held accountable to the people they serve. Demand humane, equitable, and constitutional policing in Colorado communities.
Join us for a LUNCH AND LEARN: POLICE ENCOUNTERS
Click here to watch the webinar
What can we do?
In the coming days and weeks, we will have a series of webinars and move our Know Your Rights trainings online. They’ll be led by our organizers, policy experts, and partner organizations.
March 31st: Take Action to Stop COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails (featuring Policy Team) Click here to watch the webinar
April 2nd: Webinar with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains– Click here to watch the video
April 9th: Census Webinar Click here to watch the video
April 14th: Know Your Rights (Immigrants) Click here to watch the video
April 16th: Know Your Rights (COVID-19) Click here to watch the video
April 23rd: Know Your Rights (Voting) Click here to watch the video
April 28th: Abortion Ban Ballot Initiative Webinar Click here to watch the webinar
April 30: Ensuring Racial Equity During COVID-19 (and Beyond) Click to watch the video
May 6th: Lunch and learn Voting Rights during COVID-19 Click here to watch the video
May 7th: Know your Rights: Data Privacy Click here to watch the webinar.
May 19th: Lunch and learn Abortion Ban Ballot Initiative Click here to watch the video
May 21st: Virtual Voting Rights Town Hall with Secretary of State Jena Griswold Click here to watch the recording
May 26th: Equality Act LGBTQ+ How Far We’ve Come, Where We Need to Go Click here to watch the webinar
June 4th: Know Your Rights: Police Encounters click here to watch the webinar
June 9th: Know Your Rights: Protestors’ Rights Click here to watch the recording
June 11th: Training on Immigrant Detention Click here to watch the webinar.
June 23rd: Virtual District Attorney Candidate Forum: Judicial District 18 at 4pm Click here to watch the recording
July 16th: Reproductive Rights Roadshow Click here to watch the webinar
July 21st: Repro Roadshow (Colorado Springs) Click here to watch the webinar
July 23rd: Repro Roadshow (Durango) Click here to watch the recording
July 28th: District Attorneys 101 Click here to watch the webinar
August 13th: ACLU of Colorado 2020 Annual Meeting Click here to RSVP
August 25th: National Popular Vote Webinar Click here to RSVP
August 26th: COVID-19 Decarceration Panel Click here to RSVP
(Dates subject to change)
Take our Activist Survey
Will you lend a few moments of your time and complete the ACLU Activist Survey? Responses are used to improve the work we are doing across the state. Click here to participate
Join the fight for civil rights and civil liberties in your local community.
Become an ACLU of Colorado activist. Click here to learn more.
Participate in the 2020 Census
We need to make sure that everyone is counted. The outcome of the 2020 Census will be pivotal in allocating over $900 billion in federal funds for our communities. This includes funding for roads, schools, healthcare, and other key necessities.
We have a comprehensive plan to make sure everyone is counted. You can find more information on that plan here. For general information about the census, go here.
Take care of ourselves
This pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis. COVID-19 will also result in profound economic effects. It is okay to feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious, or otherwise upset. We encourage people to reach out safely to loved ones. We also encourage people to exercise, sleep, and engage in other self-care activities. Though we are all apart, we are apart together.