Colorado Rights Blog

Alejandra Garza By: Alejandra Garza 2.14.2013

Our 2013 Annual Membership Meeting was a great success!

On Saturday, Feburary 9th, over 100 ACLU of Colorado members came together for our annual membership meeting. Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty, spoke about increasing attempts to use religion to discriminate and how best to respond to such attempts, eliciting several thought-provoking questions from attendees.

In addition, at the meeting we recognized the valuable work of two outsanding Colorado civil liberties leaders: 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award recipient John P. Scott and 2012 Civil Rights in Action Youth Award recipient AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción: Association of Youth United in Action).

Read about John's tireless work on behalf of civil liberties. 

Read about AJUA's impressive work on behalf of undocumented students in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Thanks to all who were able to join us, and a big thank you to our event sponsors Heizer Paul Grueskin LLP!


Operations Manager Caryn Osterman with Volunteer of the Year Award recipient John P. Scott. 


Brendan Greene of CIRC and Staff Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace with AJUA representatives.



Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb, former ACLU-CO Executive Director Dorothy Davidson, ACLU National Deputy Director Louise Melling, and Legal Director Mark Silverstein


Alex Alvarado of AJUA with Dick Hershcopf, sponsor of the Richard Hershcopf Grant presented to AJUA in recognition of their ongoing work.


The Hershcopf family, generous sponsors of the Richard Hershcopf Grant.


Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Board Member Gwen Young, and Staff Attorney Rebecca T. Wallace.


Board Member and Boulder Chapter Chair Judd Golden and Board Member Gwen Young with an ACLU supporter.



  • 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.