In this newsletter, you will read about our new strategic framework. It is the strongest and most visionary work in our 70-year history. You will also learn about our work engaging voters to help defend civil rights this past election, our critical work fighting in the courts, and our presence in communities learning from people across the state.
In this edition:
Fourteen years ago, responding to the exhortations, “Change” and “Yes We Can,” the young voters of this country helped make history when we elected our first Black president.
The Road Ahead is a product of an intensive, year-long strategic planning process that included multiple rounds of input from stakeholders all over the state, ACLU of Colorado Board of Directors, and ACLU staff.
Now that the dust has settled from election season and we have a clear view of the landscape to come for the 2023 legislative session, ACLU of Colorado is moving full steam ahead to continue the work of our new and growing Advocacy and Strategic Alliances department.
Despite the challenges my community faces, we still show up for grassroots fundraisers, petitions, and protests but most importantly, we vote.
To this day, the words continue to haunt her.
Running with Conviction
In May 2021, ACLU of Colorado sued the City of Aurora for blocking Candice Bailey, a candidate with a prior felony conviction, from running for public office.
Purple Cliffs is an encampment for people experiencing houselessness in Durango that has been operating since 2018.
Democracy doesn’t run on autopilot. Democracy runs on participation that begins with our bedrock right — voting.
ACLU of Colorado’s We Are the Vote campaign was the first to leverage the power of data analytics to strengthen our capacity in campaign planning, base building, and public education.
In any social justice movement, you will always find creatives. Artists help us imagine a new world or illuminate what is not said nor easily seen.
Nearly 400 guests gathered in person for the first time since 2019 to share their passion for ACLU of Colorado’s mission and to honor community members and organizations making a profound and lasting impact across Colorado.
September marked a special time for our organization. Meet our honorees.
Anaya Robinson is a Latinx queer trans man, born and raised in West Michigan, who now calls Denver home.
Raised in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, Sophia grew up with a family that instilled the importance of organizing, art, and social change.
“I joined the ACLU because the name 'ACLU' was elevated in my household all my life. My parents were very clear with me that, but for the ACLU, their marriage would not exist and, as such, neither would I.”
“Becoming the first Black woman to sit on the Colorado State Dealer Board as President was an honor and a disappointment.”