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.

Episode 16: #SaveCCRD

A few weeks ago three Republicans on the Joint Budget Committee voted to block funding to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which protects all Coloradans from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces. Hundreds of Coloradans rallied in support of the CCRD. While the funding is likely secure, some members of the Senate are pushing to change its make-up and reduce or even end its enforcement power. Alejandra sits down with Representative Leslie Herod to discuss the importance of the CCRD and how losing it would affect all Coloradans. We also have a story from Staff Attorney Arash Jahanian on a new class action lawsuit filed yesterday against El Paso County Sheriff  Bill Elder for illegally holding prisoners for ICE. And, Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel, Lizzy Hinkley talks about anti-abortion bills defeated at the state legislature.

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The Purple State Report is brought to you by the ACLU of Colorado. Our show was produced by Vanessa Michel, John Krieger and myself, Alejandra Garza with original theme music by Pablo Novelas. Additional music by Khruangbin.  If you have feedback or suggestions for future episodes email us at 

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