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.

Remembering Longtime ACLU Leader Gwen Thomas

It is with deep sadness that we received the news that Gwen Thomas passed away on December 26, 2019 at the age of 94. Gwen was a longtime leader at the ACLU of Colorado and at the national ACLU. She served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Colorado for almost three decades, ending her last term in 2008. She also served on the Board of the national ACLU for 25 years, where she served on multiple committees and as Vice Chair for several years. She was a professor of English at what was then Metro State College and served there as Dean and Assistant Vice President. She also served on the national Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association for ten years and was significantly involved in the Black Empowerment movement in the late 1960s. Her breadth of experience and commitment to civil liberties served the ACLU well for many years and she will be deeply missed by all.

A memorial service for Gwen Thomas will be held at First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 N Lafayette Street, Denver, CO, this Saturday, January 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Memories of Gwen can be shared at this web site:…/co/den…/gwendolyn-thomas-10214144.

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