Statetap: Durango embraces its loiterers

Statetap: Durango embraces its loiterers

After the American Civil Liberties Union questioned city officials about the legality of its loitering ordinance, Durango ordered its police force to stop enforcing the law. The ordinance, which says “it shall be unlawful for any person to loiter for the purpose of begging,” is far broader than others that have been struck down in court. The Durango Herald reports that in a letter to the city attorney, legal director at the ACLU of Colorado Mark Silverstein wrote that “the ordinance prohibits peaceful, passive, nonintrusive and nonaggressive requests for assistance, and it applies on public property everywhere in the city. The ordinance is legally indefensible.” City officials didn’t put up much of a fight, promptly taking steps to get on the right side of the law.

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For veterans in Colorado getting care from the VA, is using our state’s signature medicine legal or not? One 70-year-old Air Force veteran found out the answer to that question the hard way.Via the Pueblo Chieftain.

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Nat Stein

Nat Stein is a Denver-based reporter. Check out her other work at Cipher magazine, KRCC public radio, Jacobin magazine and In These Times.

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