The National Committee for Justice in Denver is composed of constitutional rights lawyers, legal scholars, trade unionists, educators, journalists, clergy, human rights activists and others in social justice movements from all over the United States. We have come together in defense of free speech rights and in opposition to the dangerous campaign to criminalize dissent by charging peaceful protest leaders with serious crimes that could send them to prison for decades. On Sept. 17, 2020, multiple Denver-area police forces carried out a coordinated series of arrests of lead organizers of peaceful protests against police brutality. Three of the activists, Eliza Lucero, Joel Northam, and Lillian House, were held in jail for eight days in dangerous and degrading conditions before they were brought before a judge. They now face numerous felony and misdemeanor charges that could put them in prison for as many as 48 years.

It is a bitter irony that the leaders of peaceful protests demanding justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by Aurora police, are the ones who are now facing arrests and decades in prison. We have come together to mobilize public support throughout the nation to demand that the political prosecution of these social justice activists be dropped. Justice requires nothing less!


National Organizer and spokesperson, Black Alliance for Peace

Executive Director, AJ Muste Institute; former Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild

Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Creator of Empire Files

Civil Rights and Employment Lawyer, lawyer for the McClain family

Author, Moores Chair of History & African American Studies, University of Houston

Founder, Colorado Freedom Fund

Author, Documentary Film Producer, Founder of CODEPINK-Women for Peace

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, activist, host of On Contact

President, Denver Area Labor Federation

Lawyer and Activist, Founder, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

Executive Director emeritus of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles

Immigration Activist, Community Leader, Co-founder, Sanctuary4All

Co-Director, Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice

Author and Community Organizer, National Welfare Rights Union

Community Organizer, Faith Leader, Popular Education Project

Director, Colorado Palestine Club; Youth Celebrate Diversity; University of Colorado

Professor emeritus, Africana Studies, University of Northern Colorado

State Director, 9to5 Colorado

Vice President, United Auto Workers Local 5810

Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges