Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

Transparency 101: Your rights to information & open meetings in school districts

When: Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: Jeffco Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2, 15200 W 6th Ave, Golden

The event is free, but please RSVP by September 25 at

Transparency is more than a buzzword in some Colorado school districts. It’s a problem, according to many parents and educators.

As political battles rage in certain districts, some board members have been accused of conducting the public’s business in secret. Meanwhile, many constituents complain that their concerns aren’t being heard.

Statewide, there are calls for more transparency in how education dollars are spent and more accuracy in the reporting of incidents of school violence. In November, Colorado voters will be asked to open school district labor negotiations to public scrutiny.

To help you navigate these issues and others, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and Chalkbeat Colorado are teaming up to present a panel discussion Monday evening, Sept. 29: “Transparency 101: How to exercise your rights to information and open meetings in your school district.” Learn more about how Colorado’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Law can help you better understand how education policies are made and implemented.

The panel will feature Chalkbeat education reporter Nic Garcia, Evergreen Newspapers Editor Doug Bell, First Amendment attorney Ashley Kissinger and former Denver school board member Theresa Peña. Nelson Garcia, education reporter for 9NEWS, will moderate the discussion.

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