Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

Episode 1: “I Know My Rights.”

On today’s episode: We introduce the Purple State Report and talk to Rebecca Wallace, an ACLU attorney who negotiated a 110K settlement in the Darsean Kelley police excessive force case. Kelley was stopped for no reason, detained, and tased in the back by Aurora Police just as he said “I know my rights.” Wallace explains how the ACLU sought justice and what still needs to be done to hold police in Aurora and around Colorado accountable for excessive force. Also, our Call to Action: Urge Denver City Council to keep the City from getting tangled up in federal immigration enforcement.

Knew his rights. Got tased anyway.

Darsean was tased by Colorado police for no reason. He knew his rights and said so. And it’s all on video.

Posted by ACLU Nationwide on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Call To Action: Contact the Denver City Council today and urge them to support the strongest possible ordinance to disentangle the City from federal immigration enforcement. The City Council phone number is: 720-337-2000. Or, go here to  to send an email. To find your City Council District Representative go here.

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