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  • 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: Podcasts

2.15.18

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

2.9.18

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

1.25.18

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

1.10.18

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

12.19.17

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

12.4.17

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

11.20.17

Episode 9: “We were in the wilderness and y’all heard our voice.”

https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/we-were-in-the-wilderness Subscribe to our podcast. On today's episode, Judge Powell of the Alamosa Municipal Court violated civil rights and punished defendants for their poverty. He used jail, and the threat of jail, to collect money from defendants who could not pay, in violation of state law. We shined a light on his unjust practices in the investigative report, Justice Derailed. John sits down with an author of this report, Becca Curry, Research.... | Read More

10.26.17

Bonus Pod: Local Elections Matter

https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/local-elections-matter Subscribe to our podcast. On this bonus podcast, we highlight a local Colorado election that could have huge implications for the future of our public schools and the integrity of our state constitution. Out of state interests are pouring piles of money into Douglas County to revive a private school voucher scheme that was declared unconstitutional by the Colorado Supreme Court because it illegally funnels taxpayer money to private,.... | Read More

10.19.17

Episode 7: “We’re all together to defend the bill of rights.”

https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/episode-7-were-all-together-to-defend-the-bill-of-rights Subscribe to our podcast. On today’s episode, John sits down with David Cole, ACLU national Legal Director. Mr. Cole oversees the ACLU’s U.S. Supreme Court docket. He discusses the cases that will be decided during what he calls “A huge session at the Supreme Court” and the wide implications of their outcomes. Also, John has a news update on an investigation into abusive practices at a.... | Read More

10.6.17

Episode 6: “I think we need to be honest with each other.”

https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/we-need-to-be-honest Subscribe to our podcast. On today’s episode, John sits down with Jeffrey Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director, and Director for the Trone Center for Justice & Equality. Mr. Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, discusses the dark history of Confederate Monuments across the country, Trump’s criticism of NFL athletes who have knelt in protest of police violence, and what we can learn from our past to combat systemic.... | Read More





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