Colorado ACLU ~ Female Strips, Postcards from Prisoners, and more…

ACLU of CO Newsletter

September 3, 2010

1. ACLU Challenges Boulder Jail’s Postcard Policy

2. Denver’s Degrading Addition to Searching Women

3. Follow Us on Facebook

4. Sept. 8: Phone Bank to Fight Vehicle Impound

5. Sept. 15: An Evening with the First Amendment for the ACLU Young Professionals

6. Sept. 25: Carle Whitehead Dinner & Silent Auction

The ACLU of Colorado has a new website!

We’ve been working hard all summer and it’s finally here. We hope you like it! The is more organized, easier to navigate, and gives you more news, more information, and more ways to get involved. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Annual Dinner

Our state was just one vote away from abolishing it in 2009. On Saturday, September 11, come support an ACLU partner organization in its mission to end the death penalty in Colorado.

CADP’s annual dinner will take place in the Arvada Center for the Arts and feature renowned author, activist, and speaker Sr. Helen Prejean.

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ACLU Challenges Boulder Jail’s Postcard Policy

The ACLU filed a lawsuit at the beginning of August against the Boulder County Jail because of a new practice that restricts inmates’ outgoing correspondence to postcards. The policy limits the First Amendment rights of prisoners and their correspondents, and has silenced many of the jail’s inmates.

Privacy concerns and spatial constraints have forced inmates to abandon sensitive communications, such as the discussion of medical, financial or relationship issues. Even worse? This policy is spreading. The El Paso County Jail recently adopted a similar policy.

When a Strip Search Isn’t Enough: Denver’s Degrading Addition to Searching Women

The ACLU and ACLU of Colorado have called upon the Colorado Department of Corrections to abandon a new policy that subjects female prisoners to degrading body cavity searches.

According to letters sent to the ACLU by prisoners at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, prisoners now must hold open their labia while correctional officers conduct an inspection. These searches occur even when the guards have no particularized reason to suspect concealment of contraband. Guards apparently have threatened prisoners who resist with pepper spray.

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Over 1,000 fans and counting! Social media sites save us a lot of time and money, and make it easy for you to get ACLU news in between our monthly e-newsletters. Get up-to-the-minute info on how we’re educating the public about the Bill of Rights, reminding government agencies to abide by that same document, and bringing a legal hammer down on those that don’t.

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    Phone Bank to Fight Vehicle Impound

    Help us let Lakewood residents know about the Vehicle Impound ballot initiative by volunteering to make a few phone calls. This initiative would require police officers to impound the vehicles of anyone driving without a valid license even if the driver has simply left the license home.

    Phone Bank to Fight Vehicle ImpoundWe oppose this initiative because it would encourage racial profiling, eliminate due process protections, and waste public resources.

    Wednesday, September 8
    from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    SEIU Local 105
    2525 W. Alameda Ave. in Denver

    Learn more about the event online, see additional phone bank dates and RSVP to attend.

    ACLU Young Professionals: An Evening with the First Amendment

    You’re invited to a tour of the Open Media Foundation (OMF) and presentation by Denver Attorney David Lane.

    Mr. LaneMr. Lane is one of Colorado’s best-known criminal defense and civil rights attorneys. He has represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases both in the workplace and in many other contexts.

    Preceding his talk OMF will host a tour of its television studio and new media facility — see the First Amendment in action!

    Wednesday, September 15
    from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Open Media Foundation
    700 Kalamath St., Denver

    This event is FREE. Wine and light snacks will be served. Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the evening. With questions or for additional information, contact Caryn at (303) 777-5482 ext. 109.

    Carle Whitehead Dinner & Silent Auction

    Carle Whitehead Dinner & Silent AuctionJoin us for our annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year we’re honoring the local attorneys who have stood up for the Constitution by defending Guantánamo detainees. Director of the ACLU’s John Adams Project, Denny LeBoeuf, who coordinates the detainees’ defense, is the featured speaker.

    Saturday, September 25
    from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    City Center Marriott (18th & California), Denver

    Tickets are $200 per person and 1 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit is included. To attend, contact Parisa Zohoori,

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