Colorado Rights Blog


  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

  • 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.

2020 Bill of Rights Event

Please save the date for our first virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Although we won’t have the opportunity to gather in person, we are excited to come together virtually to celebrate our victories, honor our leaders, and inspire one another’s work just like we do each year at our Bill of Rights Dinner.

All funds raised by the Bill of Rights Event provide crucial support to sustain and expand ACLU of Colorado’s advocacy, communication, and education work throughout Colorado. We hope you can join us!

Register for the event here.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, you can find more information here.


2020 Bill of Rights Event Honorees

Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler will receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for their steadfast fight against racism, misogyny, homophobia and economic injustice. Together, the Tylers launched Race Talk University, a nine-week course educating people to lead conversations about racism and white supremacy in their communities.

Casa de Paz

Casa de Paz will receive the Ralph L. Carr Award for its outstanding work supporting detained immigrants and their families. Casa de Paz began in 2012 as a small, one-bedroom apartment offering hospitality to families separated by immigration detention. Today, they provide shelter, meals, transportation, and support to individuals and families experiencing immigration detention at no cost.


2020 Bill of Rights Dinner Keynote Speakers

Our keynote conversation will be between CeCe McDonald, a transgender activist working to dismantle the prison industrial complex, and Elisabeth Epps, a founder of the Colorado Freedom Fund, prison abolitionist, and the ACLU of Colorado’s Smart Justice Organizer.

CeCe McDonald

As a Black trans woman who has survived transphobia and white supremacy both in prison and out, CeCe McDonald is an activist committed to winning the liberation of all people experiencing oppression. Since her release in January 2014 after serving a 41-month sentence for protecting herself during a violent, transphobic attack, CeCe has dedicated herself to the trans liberation and prison abolition movements through education and organizing.

Elisabeth Epps

Elisabeth Epps is a Colorado-based prison abolitionist, bail activist, organizer, and attorney. As a founder of the Colorado Freedom Fund, a revolving fund that pays ransom for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom, and ACLU of Colorado’s Pretrial Justice Organizer, Elisabeth Epps utilizes direct-action organizing to effect change across systems and communities.




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