DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is proud to announce that Harold Fields, Susan Greene, and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) will receive our 2017 Civil Rights Awards, which will be presented at the Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, September 28th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver.
Harold Fields, lifelong leader of social and racial justice causes, will be honored with the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award. Fields facilitates the Second Tuesday Race Forum, a city-wide monthly racial dialogue that has been continuously active since 1997. He was a founder of Multi-Racial Families of Colorado and was the national training director for the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. He currently serves on the Board Trustees for The Denver Foundation and chairs the Community Impact Committee.
“As a social justice advocate, Harold is an accomplished leader, locally and nationally, who brings people together for dialogue and healing,” said ACLU of Colorado Board Member Carolyn Love, PhD. “Harold goes above and beyond the call of duty by consistently showing up in spaces to ignite conversations about difference. He advances civil rights by creating spaces for people to understand the effects of hierarchy, separation, and injustice of all kinds and the resulting consequences. Harold facilitates the healing of wounds resulting from a history of racial intolerance and injustice.”
Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, will receive the Larry Tajiri Media Award in recognition of her outstanding media and journalism work to further civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado, including her investigative reporting on the trial, incarceration, and eventual exoneration of Clarence Moses-EL, her video reporting on solitary confinement, and multiple other stories exposing corruption and injustice.
“As we all know, the fight for civil rights isn’t just around big stories, but the daily infringements that happen in our public institutions,” said former ACLU of Colorado Board Member Mari Newman. “In addition to her coverage of the Marvin Booker and Michael Marshall cases, Susan has spent years covering issues of mistaken identity, malfeasance, cronyism, mismanagement, excessive force, increasing violence, cover-ups and lies in the Denver’s Sheriff’s Department and the people in the Safety Department and Mayor’s office who oversee it. No journalist has watchdogged Denver’s wayward jails better than Susan.”
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) will be recognized with the Ralph Carr Award in honor of their essential immigrants’ rights advocacy, which includes offering free legal assistance to people being held in the Aurora ICE detention facility and to those arriving internationally through DIA, as well as providing Know Your Rights trainings and training lawyers to be ad-hoc immigration attorneys.
"RMIAN helped me obtain my residency for the United States as a student on a path for college. Being an undocumented immigrant draws an imaginary, but harsh boundary on your dreams. My dream to become a doctor - my whole life - abruptly stopped my senior year in high school. RMIAN not only helped erased the boundary, but returned the hope I had lost to become a doctor. RMIAN completely changed my life," said a RMIAN client in their Children’s Program.
The 2017 Bill of Rights Dinner will feature a keynote presentation from Jeffery Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the National ACLU’s work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues.