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!
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.
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 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.