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.
Category Archives: News
Bonus Pod: The Right to Rest
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/bonus-pod-the-right-to-rest On this bonus pod, John talks with Terese Howard from Denver Homeless Out Loud and Trigg Bundgaard one of the founders of the Coalition for Compassion and Action about the Right to Rest Act, a bill that pushes back on the criminalization of homelessness in Colorado. The Purple State Report is brought to you by the ACLU of Colorado. Our show was produced by Vanessa Michel, John Krieger and Alejandra Garza with original theme.... | Read More
Episode 14: The Right to Rest
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/the-right-to-rest On this episode, John sits down with State Representative Joe Salazar a sponsor of the Right to Rest Act, a bill that pushes back on the criminalization of homelessness. Also, Staff Attorney Arash Jahanian brings us the story of Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, an immigrant facing deportation, and others like him who are being targeted by Trump’s cruel deportation agenda. Read “ICE’s modern-day reign of terror”: http://www.coloradoindependent.com/168497/guest-post-ices-modern-day-reign-of-terror Call.... | Read More
ICE’s Modern-day Reign of Terror
As Donald Trump read his State of the Union address, offering DACA recipients as a bargaining chip for his wall, along with stingier limits on legal immigration and funding for a more vicious immigration enforcement regime, a victim of that regime, Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, sat in the for-profit GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado, facing imminent deportation. Audemio has a wife and seven children in Vida, Montana, where he has worked as a ranch hand and lived for 20 years. Six of his children,.... | Read More
Episode 13: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/reproductive-justice Subscribe to our podcast. This week marked the second annual Women’s March and the 45th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. The ACLU of Colorado invited four women to discuss the state of reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the age of Trump. Also, ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes discusses three bills in the Colorado legislature that threaten reproductive healthcare. Call to Action: Take 60 seconds and.... | Read More
ACLU Comment on DOJ Threat to Denver over Immigration Enforcement
DENVER — The Department of Justice today issued letters to 23 jurisdictions, including Denver, demanding documents and threatening subpoenas over these localities’ supposed non-compliance with a federal law that addresses information sharing between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein issued the following statement: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is engaged in a malicious campaign of threats and intimidation to break.... | Read More
Episode 12: “What goes on under the dome.”
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/what-goes-on-under-the-dome Subscribe to our podcast. On today’s episode, today is the first day of the Colorado state legislative session. The ACLU is always extremely active at the legislature and has some big plans for 2018. John sits down with Denise Maes, ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director, to preview this year’s top priorities. Also, a news update from ACLU of Colorado staff attorney Arash Jahanian on the recent death of an Iranian man.... | Read More
UPDATE: “We were turned away because of who we are.”
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/update-we-were-turned-away Subscribe to our podcast. On today’s episode, we go back to an interview with Alejandra and ACLU clients Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, the Colorado couple who were turned away by a bakery that refused to sell them a cake to celebrate their wedding. This past December, the case went before the US Supreme Court. ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney, Sara Neel, provides insight on the Supreme Court oral arguments. Call.... | Read More
Douglas County School Board Votes to End Unconstitutional Voucher Program
DENVER - The Douglas County School Board voted Monday night to end the district’s controversial “Choice Scholarship” Program, which the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in June 2015. The ACLU of Colorado with other partners, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Taxpayers for Public Education, a Douglas County education advocacy group, challenged the voucher program in 2011, highlighting the Colorado Constitution’s “specific prohibition” on government.... | Read More
Episode 10: “Why I love the ACLU.”
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/why-i-love-the-aclu Subscribe to our podcast. On today’s episode, we hear from three individuals on why the ACLU is important to them. We begin with John’s interview with Gwen Young, a former board member of the ACLU of Colorado and a long-time supporter. Alejandra sits down with Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado, and we hear from Emma, one of our youngest volunteers. Call to Action: Colorado Gives Day is December.... | Read More
Colorado Removes Unlawful Restrictions on Hepatitis C Treatment for Thousands of Medicaid Patients
DENVER -The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), which administers the state’s Medicaid program, announced today that it will remove the restriction on providing Hepatitis C medications that has been at the center of an ACLU of Colorado class action lawsuit against the agency. This change means that thousands of Colorado Medicaid recipients infected with the HCV virus will soon be eligible to receive the newer direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medications that have a greater.... | Read More
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