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Decades of desegregation: Denver readers recall their own stories of ‘busing’

As Democratic presidential candidates debate “busing,” many Americans are revisiting the era when their cities desegregated schools by sending students to other neighborhoods each...
NEW YORK, NY - Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates and others participate in rally and and demonstration at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan against on June 1, 2018 in New York, United States. In coordinated marches across the country people are gathering outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices, U.S. attorney's offices, and the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Guest Post: The ominous expansion of government deportation power threatens us all 'I could...

If you had to prove that you’d lived in the United States for the past two years, could you do it?  As I look through...
Photo by Casey Bisson via Flickr: Creative Commons

Tell us about your experience with busing in Denver schools

Busing and the broader question of what courts and communities should do to create integrated schools has been back in the news after a...
The Colorado Independent's editor, Susan Greene, was handcuffed and detained by Denver police officers on Colfax Avenue on July 5, 2018. (Screenshot via body-cam footage provided by city of Denver)

The Indy 500: Still trying to act like a lady

I have been trying to “act like a lady.”  That was my order from two Denver cops who handcuffed me a year ago today when...

As of today, 11,467 Colorado parolees can register to vote. Will they? Plus: Why...

Some 11,500 parolees living in Colorado gained the right to vote today. One of them, Paul Robison, wasted no time registering. “It’s incredibly important to...
Protesters line up outside the ICE detention center for immigrants in Aurora Friday at the No More Deaths/No Más Muertes demonstration. (Photo by Grace Carson.)

Denver immigrant groups blast Sunday ICE raids as ‘terror’ tactic

Reports that Denver will be targeted in a national immigration crackdown on Sunday were met with anger, skepticism, defiance and fear Friday. “This is a...

ADX, the federal supermax prison in Colorado, is force-feeding hunger strikers The Colorado Independent...

The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, also known as ADX, in Florence, Colo., is the highest security prison in the country, housing inmates...
"handcuffed arrested" by picturexv via Flickr: Creative Commons

Denver school board bans use of handcuffs on elementary school students

Campus safety officers employed by the Denver school district will no longer be allowed to use handcuffs on elementary school students, after the school...
Teachers, parents, and students wait to speak in favor of updating LGBTQ policies at a recent Jefferson County School Board meeting Thursday. (Photo by Kati Weis, Chalkbeat Colorado)

Jeffco schools to consider updating LGBTQ policies as backers call for ‘more foundation and...

Supporters of stronger LGBTQ policies waited together for six hours to explain why the Jefferson County Public Schools board should update its anti-discrimination practices....
The ICE detention facility in Aurora is the subject of a scathing government review. Photo by Alex Burness

Government report finds rights violations at Colorado ICE detention center

The private prison company that runs the immigrant detention center in Aurora is violating detainee rights and federal standards by denying outdoor recreation time,...