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.

New leadership for the ACLU of Colorado

Since October of 2012, it has been my enormous privilege to serve as Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado. Now, I am preparing to move on from this position, after completing our current fiscal year on March 31. I would not do this if I were not confident that we have the resources, staff and expertise to continue the critical work we do every day. You can read the official announcement at

When I began this position, I could not have imagined everything that we would accomplish in less than eight years. Our staff has more than doubled, our budget and reserves have more than tripled, and our membership has more than quadrupled. We have seen many dozens of legal victories and settlements, local policy wins, and legislative and ballot victories that have protected or expanded civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. We have seen civil unions and marriage equality, many elements of criminal justice reform, expansion of voting rights in Colorado, laws to protect immigrants, protection of reproductive rights and so much more. We have built a communications team, added positions in education, issue research, and development, created a new campaigns and field capacity and learned how to mobilize members and supporters in elections.

That essential work, to protect and defend the civil rights and dignity of each person across all the arenas in which this fight occurs will soon continue under a new leader. Your continued support is essential to this work. The ACLU of Colorado and the ACLU nationwide will keep fighting vigorously for our rights and our democracy in this critical year and for many more years to come. I thank you for showing your commitment by continuing or increasing your support for the ACLU both now and in the future.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley


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