El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners

BY: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director, and Denise Maes, Public Policy Director Use of violent force is never something to celebrate. Any time law enforcement officers legitimately use force or violence against people in the communities that they serve, it is at … Continue reading

10 Questions for Brett Kavanaugh

With his selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the United States Supreme Court, President Donald Trump has the opportunity to alter the makeup of the Court for generations — and to place it far to the right of the American public. Justice Kennedy, himself a conservative appointed by President Ronald Reagan, proved to have an open mind in his more than 30 years on the bench and, as a result, kept the court within the mainstream of American society. Continue reading

The Latest Scheme to Force Colorado Taxpayers to Pay for Private, Religious Schools

The ACLU of Colorado opposes and our state constitution bans the funneling of public school money to private, religious schools. We have fought private school vouchers in Colorado, most recently when the Douglas County School Board tried for years to … Continue reading

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case: What You Need to Know

By Ria Tabacco Mar OCTOBER 24, 2017 | 1:00 PM   Five years ago, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Lakewood, Colorado, bakery to purchase a cake for their wedding reception. But the bakery’s owner refused … Continue reading

Colorado’s Alamosa Municipal Court Tramples on the Rights of Poor People

Municipal judges have incredible power over the lives of the people who enter their courtrooms. When these judges refuse to follow the law and instead run their courtrooms like fiefdoms, they can ruin lives. This is starkly true for people already … Continue reading

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions Want to Enshrine a Business Right to Discriminate Into the Constitution

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project   September 7, 2017 Can businesses put up a sign that says, “We Don’t Sell To Gays?” President Trump says yes. Today Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Supreme Court in an amicus … Continue reading

ICE Is Abusing the ACLU’s Clients Because They are Fighting Trump’s Deportation Machine

By Rebecca Wallace, Sara Neel, & Arash Jahanian   AUGUST 31, 2017 | 3:15 PM It was an evening in late July when an ICE guard told France Anwar Elias and several other Iraqi men in immigration custody in Arizona that … Continue reading

FACT SHEET: HB17-1338 – A bill to Promptly Bring Municipal Inmates Before a Judge

MUNICIPAL DEFENDANTS OFTEN LANGUISH IN JAIL ON BONDS THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD Statewide, the difference is striking—municipal defendants languish for weeks in jail on minor charges, while state and county defendants charged with serious offenses are brought promptly before a … Continue reading

Colorado Must Beware of Trump’s Voter Suppression Scheme

It is evident that the Trump administration is about to embark on a nationwide voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise thousands or even millions of voters. This campaign will be based on lies and myths about voter fraud, and it will … Continue reading

Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A … Continue reading