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  • 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.

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.

Annual Members Meeting with Vanita Gupta

UPDATE: The meeting was incredible! Log on to our Facebook page, to see pictures from the evening.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to meet fellow civil libertarians from all across Colorado. In addition to updates from ACLU staff, the evening’s keynote speaker will be Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, and Director of the organization's newly formed Center for Justice. Vanita and her staff address systematic problems in the U.S. criminal justice system, including the treatment of prisoners, the death penalty, and the policies of over-incarceration that have led the United States to imprison more people than any other country in the world. Tickets are FREE for members. Not a current member? Join at the door for $20 ($5 for students)

From 2006-2010, Vanita was a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, where she won a landmark settlement on behalf of immigrant children detained in a privately run ICE detention center in Texas. Watch a video of the Tulia story here.

Prior to the ACLU, Vanita was at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where she successfully led the effort to overturn the wrongful drug convictions of 38 defendants in Tulia, Texas. She will discuss the state of criminal justice reform in Colorado and around the country, as seen through both legislative efforts and current cases.

This is also an opportunity to learn about the ACLU’ s plans for growth over the next year. We have been selected by our national organization to join the Strategic Affiliate Initiative (SAI) program, which invests additional resources into a few key states where the largest opportunities exist for significant advancement of civil liberties. You won’t want to miss this live presentation.  So mark your calendar for Saturday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, Room 165, 2255 E. Evans Avenue. Tickets are FREE for members.  contact Parisa Zohoori, or call 303.777.5482 x105. 1.5 CLE credits available for $20, but FREE for young attorneys (first 5 years after the bar). Beverages and light snacks included. Parking in the adjacent garage is available for $5. 

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