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.
Category Archives: Freedom of Expression & Religion
ACLU Seeks Info into Denver Police Use of Social Media Surveillance
Denver’s Spy Files Past Raises Serious Concerns about “Geofeedia” Acquisition DENVER – Citing concerns that the Denver Police Department may once again be monitoring the free speech activities of individuals and groups that are not suspected of criminal activity, a practice Denver publicly agreed to stop in 2003, the ACLU of Colorado filed a records request this morning seeking information related to the Department’s acquisition and use of Geofeedia and other social media surveillance.... | Read More
ACLU Wins $100K Settlement for Former Adams State Professor Who Was Banned from Campus after Criticizing the University
DENVER – Adams State University has agreed to rescind a “No Trespass Order” banning Danny Ledonne, a former professor who publicly criticized administration practices, from its Alamosa, CO campus and to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Colorado based on claims that the university violated Ledonne’s free speech and due process rights. “The ACLU of Colorado brought this suit to vindicate Danny Ledonne’s First Amendment rights and his right to due process of law,”.... | Read More
Federal Court Rejects Attempt to Require Taxpayer Funding of Religious Schools in Douglas County
6/9/16 DENVER - Federal District Court Judge Marcia Krieger today denied plaintiffs’ request to issue an unprecedented emergency order requiring the Douglas County School District school voucher program to divert taxpayer funds to private religious schools. The ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the law firm Arnold & Porter - who successfully challenged the program before the Colorado Supreme.... | Read More
ACLU, Americans United Challenge Lawsuit Attempting to Circumvent Colorado Supreme Court School Voucher Ruling
5/25/16 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the law firm Arnold & Porter — who successfully challenged a Douglas County school voucher program before the Colorado Supreme Court last year — filed motions yesterday challenging the validity of a new lawsuit that asks a federal district court to issue an unprecedented order that would require the Douglas County School District to divert.... | Read More
ACLU Files Suit on Behalf of Former Professor Banned from Campus for Criticizing University
2/10/16 DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado filed suit this morning on behalf of Danny Ledonne, a former professor who was banned by school officials from the Adams State University campus in Alamosa, CO after he created a website criticizing various university administration practices. From May 2011 to June 2015, Ledonne taught in the Mass Communications program and performed video production work for Adams State University. In September 2015, after his employment at the university had ended,.... | Read More
ACLU Comment on Donald Trump’s Call to Ban Muslims From Entering United States
12/8/15 NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union admonished Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said: "Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering our country based solely on their faith is blatantly unlawful and fundamentally un-American. We are a nation of immigrants, many of whom came to this country to escape prejudice and discrimination. We urge all of our political.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement of City of Denver’s Revision to Panhandling Ordinance
DENVER - One day after a federal district court in Colorado ruled that Grand Junction’s panhandling ordinance violates the First Amendment, Denver Police Chief Robert White ordered his officers to suspend enforcement of Denver’s panhandling ordinance. “We commend Denver for taking prompt action to suspend enforcement of a panhandling ordinance that violates the First Amendment rights of persons who peacefully ask for charity in public places,” said Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado Legal.... | Read More
Federal Court Strikes Down Grand Junction Panhandling Ordinance
October 1, 2015 DENVER - Federal District Court Judge Christine Arguello issued a 39-page decision yesterday striking down Grand Junction’s panhandling ordinance, ruling that it violates the First Amendment rights of persons who wish to solicit charity in public places. Wednesday’s ruling expands on an earlier order in the case, issued in June, which held that the ordinance regulated speech on the basis of its content. That ruling required Grand Junction to meet the strictest standard of.... | Read More
Colorado Springs Orders Police to Stop Illegal Enforcement of Panhandling Ordinance After ACLU Steps In
September 30, 2015 In a remarkable turn of events, the City of Colorado Springs has ordered the Colorado Springs Police Department to immediately stop issuing citations for alleged violations of ordinance 10.18.112, titled “Soliciting on or Near Street or Highway”. It has also forbidden citations for most sections of ordinance of 9.2.111 “Solicitation Prohibited.” The CSPD issued a sweeping department bulletin instructing its officers to “discontinue issuing summonses for Solicitation.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on the Proposed “Sit-Lie” Ordinance in Colorado Springs
8/24/15 DENVER – This afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council will discuss a new proposal that would criminalize “sitting, kneeling, reclining or lying down” in various places, including on planters, sidewalks, and curbs, throughout downtown. ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “The ACLU of Colorado strongly opposes the proposed ‘sit-lie’ ordinance in Colorado Springs. Sitting innocently on a planter that appears designed.... | Read More
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