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| September 19th, 2016

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Colorado Medicaid Over Unlawful Hepatitis C Treatment Restrictions

DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado filed a federal class action lawsuit this morning on behalf of thousands of low-income Coloradans suffering from Hepatitis C who are being denied life-saving treatment due to Colorado Medicaid restrictions that force them to incur serious harm to their health before gaining access to the cure. “Federal law requires state Medicaid agencies to pay for medically necessary treatment, but Colorado Medicaid illegally denies a cure for Hepatitis C for reasons that are.... | Read More

Criminalization of Homelessness | September 1st, 2016

ACLU of Colorado Statement on Denver’s New Park Banishment Directive

9/1/16 DENVER – Yesterday, Denver officials announced a new directive empowering police to unilaterally ban people from public parks based on an accusation of perceived drug use.  According to the directive, a person does not need to be charged, tried, or convicted of any crime for a ban notice, which is punishable by jail if violated, to be issued.   ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley issued the following statement: “Denver’s park banishment directive is.... | Read More

Criminalization of Homelessness | August 31st, 2016

Thirty-Four Colorado Cities Must Repeal Unconstitutional Loitering Laws

DENVER – In a letter sent today to 34 Colorado municipalities that make it a crime to “loiter for the purpose of begging,” the ACLU of Colorado demanded that municipal authorities stop enforcement and take immediate steps to repeal the “legally indefensible” ordinances. “These outdated ordinances, which prohibit peaceful, nonintrusive requests for charity in any and every public place, must be taken off the books,” said ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein.  “As courts.... | Read More

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Racial Justice | September 8th, 2016

Darsean Kelly Knew His Rights. He Got Tased Anyway.

Police in Aurora, Colorado, got a call about a man pulling a gun on a kid. They had no description of the suspect. On their way to the scene, they stopped two Black men walking down the sidewalk. Darsean Kelley, one of the men, followed the officers’ orders to hold his hands above his head and turn around. His repeated requests for an explanation as to why they had been detained went unanswered. Even though it was clear he had no weapons and he was no threat to the officers, Darsean was tased.... | Read More

Protect Freedom on the 16th Street Mall

This column was originally published on 7/29/16 in the Denver Business Journal. In any discussion of improving perceptions of the 16th Street Mall, it is essential to remember that the Mall is a public space, and therefore must be open to all segments of the public.  Any attempt to drive away some people because of how they look or how much money they have is an unacceptable abuse of individual freedom and civil liberties. It is also important to remember that for the most part, the 16th Street.... | Read More

Which Way Did Colorado Legislators Vote on Civil Liberties in 2016?

As we do after every legislative session, we prepared a legislative scorecard so you, our members and supporters, can see where each legislator stands on civil liberties issues. View the 2016 ACLU of Colorado Legislative Scorecard. This year, we picked six bills to score on the scorecard. The ACLU was of course involved in many other legislative initiatives, but these six represent a cross section of civil liberties issues we work on – mass incarceration, economic justice, solitary confinement.... | Read More

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  • Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd

  • 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.

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Campaign - new Death PenaltyDeath Penalty
The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of the death penalty in Colorado. Colorado's use of the death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive. The death....

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Campaign- Criminalizing HomelessnessCriminalization of Homelessness
Colorado communities are passing new laws and enforcing old ones that essentially make it a crime to be homeless. From restrictions on sitting and lying down in public....

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Campaign-Stop-SolitaryStop Solitary
Every day, hundreds of prisoners in Colorado are forced to live in extreme isolation, confined to small barren cells with virtually no human contact. Solitary confinement....

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ICE Campaign VictoryEnd Immigration Detainers
The ACLU of Colorado successfully convinced all sheriffs in Colorado to stop holding people in jail on detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration....

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