Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Lawsuit invokes KKK Act as it seeks to stop group’s door-to-door hunt for voter fraud in Colorado

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press A coalition of civil and voting rights organizations invoked the 19th-century Ku Klux Klan Act in a lawsuit filed Wednesday seeking to stop a group of Donald Trump supporters from going door-to-door in Colorado in a search for already-debunked voter fraud. The suit against the U.S. Election Integrity Plan alleges […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Silverman: The klan once held power in Colorado. It took good people to overthrow them.

One century ago, Otto Moore and Harry Silverman attended Denver’s Westminster (Evening) Law School. Both working-class DPS and DU alums, Otto (South) and Harry (West) needed daytime employment while earning law degrees. They graduated top of their class just as the Ku Klux Klan took control of Denver and Colorado. Awaiting them in Denver District […]

Posted inBook Excerpts, SunLit

In “To Walk Humbly,” a historical novel, the Ku Klux Klan’s influence is on display

Laurie Marr Wasmund grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado. She holds an M.A. in literature from the University of Denver. She has worked as an editor, community college instructor, and national writing workshop presenter. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as Cimarron Review and Weber Studies. She is the author […]

Posted inSunLit, SunLit Interviews

Laurie Marr Wasmund watched a single volume of her historical novel blossom into a trilogy

Laurie Marr Wasmund grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado. She holds an M.A. in literature from the University of Denver. She has worked as an editor, community college instructor, and national writing workshop presenter. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as Cimarron Review and Weber Studies. She is the author […]

Posted inColoradans, Opinion, Politics and Government

Essay: What happened when Black Lives Matter arrived in Colorado’s deeply conservative Eastern Plains

Courtney Jones calls herself a country girl. She was raised in Sterling and she prefers open spaces to cities. She loves classic rock, grew up saving money for the Logan County fair every year, and she voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because he seemed like the honest candidate.  She’s the daughter of a Black […]

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Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado’s reckoning with racism past and present

Earlier this month, Sarah Stabio was cleaning up in the exercise studio she opened nearly four years ago when she caught a glimpse of the screen-printed sign on her front window: “The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton.” Suddenly, she couldn’t wait another moment. “Stapleton,” the area that memorializes a Denver mayor notorious for his ties to the […]