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 Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams

It is always sad to lose allies and friends of civil rights and civil liberties, but Colorado experienced a particularly great loss recently with the death of the Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams. A fierce champion for the rights of people caught in the criminal justice system, her Above Waters Project has been deeply rooted in the lives of people directly impacted by mass incarceration and the criminal legal system. Her activism was widely visible across the community, from the NAACP to the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, and just about every local rally for justice imaginable in recent years.

Rev. Garrett-Williams was an example of what one dedicated person can do, and her work and its impact will be felt for years to come. She was a strong leader and ally in criminal justice reform, and the legislation that has passed or is moving through the legislature now on bail reform, police accountability, transparency, jail data and more, is a fitting though far from complete tribute to her life.

While there is still a long journey ahead to dismantle our systems of mass incarceration and the harms to people that result, Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams helped move us forward on that journey and closer toward a more just and fair system for all. The ACLU of Colorado mourns her loss deeply.


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