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Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes

Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes
The Colorado Independent has sued the City and County of Denver demanding the release of videotapes showing sheriff’s deputies’ fatal confrontation with Michael Lee Marshall, a mentally ill, homeless man, in the city jail.
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Mobile Justice: New App Empowers Public, Helps Keep Cops Accountable

Mobile Justice: New App Empowers Public, Helps Keep Cops Accountable
“If you see something, say something.”
It’s a mantra that’s constantly drilled into us in post-9/11 America. But what if you see the cops do something wrong? How do you say something then?
Umm… there’s an app for that.
Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado unveiled a new smartphone app that lets users record police interactions that get automatically submitted to the ACLU. The footage is treated as legal intake to be reviewed by ACLU staff for any
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Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections

Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — a Civil Rights Era law that ensured minorities would not face discrimination at the ballot box. The court’s decision ushered in a slew of new measures that voting rights advocates say unfairly impact minorities, students and working people — like stringent voter ID requirements, politically strategic redistricting, reduced early voting and limited availability of multilingual ballots. And without the oversight authority it has had since the 60s, the federal government can’t do anything about it.
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Denver Painters Fight Toxic Labor Practices

Denver Painters Fight Toxic Labor Practices
In February, commercial painter Juan Deras asked his boss Betty Henry at Craftsman Painting and Decorators Inc. for a respirator mask to protect him from the toxic chemicals he worked with daily. She refused. He complained about the company’s health and safety standards, and she fired him.
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Evangelicals Pray to End ‘Transgender Tyranny’ as Girl Scouts Welcome Trans Youth

Evangelicals Pray to End ‘Transgender Tyranny’ as Girl Scouts Welcome Trans Youth
Conservative evangelicals apparently have lots to pray for these days. Same-sex marriage rights are quickly spreading across the country, Obama declared an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a Fairfax, Virginia school board recently implemented a transgender rights policy, and Robert Gates of The Boy Scouts of America urged his organization to lift the ban on gay leaders.
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Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years

Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years
Glenwood Springs immigration attorney Erin Richards has two clients who should be well on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. They have spouses and children who are citizens. They have clean records. They have steady jobs. And they have taken the necessary steps to go before an immigration court and petition to become citizens.
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Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison

Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison
The 948 one-person cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have been empty for nearly three years. The abandoned facility costs taxpayers $20 million per year. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the facility back to use.
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House Dems Defend Obama Immigration Orders in Court Brief

House Dems Defend Obama Immigration Orders in Court Brief
Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress joined 178 of their colleagues in signing onto a 50-page brief in a court case that has temporarily halted President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced last November, which halted deportations of immigrants without documentation who were brought here as children or who are parents of U.S. citizen-family members.
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Ferguson City Manager Resigns

Good riddance to the city manager of Ferguson who was cited in the DOJ’s report on Ferguson…
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VIDEO: Obamas Reflect on 50 Years - Crossing the Bridge to Hope

VIDEO: Obamas Reflect on 50 Years - Crossing the Bridge to Hope
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama discuss their visit to Selma, Alabama where they marked the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.
President Obama sees the bridge as a metaphor. 50 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King led people to cross it to demand the right to vote.
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