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Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

Advocates push state to resume early prison releases due to coronavirus

By: - August 28, 2020

The family of Ronald Johnson — a 62-year-old Black grandfather who’s served 22 years in prison for nonviolent drug offenses — worries that his prison sentence might be a death sentence.  “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance,” his daughter Amber said in a statement. “My deep fear is that my […]

Hundreds gather in Denver for Jacob Blake, Black man shot by Wisconsin police

By: - August 25, 2020

Hundreds of community members gathered in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood on Monday night in solidarity with Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Blake is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a tweet from his lawyer, Ben Crump. It […]

Elijah McClain memorial

One year, five investigations and a lawsuit: Community seeks justice for Elijah McClain

By: - August 22, 2020

When Lindsay Minter, an Aurora-based community activist, closes her eyes at the end of every day, the violent scene that led to Elijah McClain’s death last August plays through her mind like a movie reel. Her heart aches when she thinks of how McClain’s mother, Sheenan, has been forced to grieve her son’s death in […]

DeGette, other lawmakers, call for review of Trump administration’s hospital reporting changes

By: - August 19, 2020

Three federal lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to the Government Accountability Office, requesting that it look into recent changes the Trump administration made to the nation’s hospital-capacity-reporting system.  The lawmakers — U.S Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) — worry the changes are affecting the nation’s coronavirus response […]

Colorado joins multistate federal lawsuit challenging U.S. Postal Service cuts

By: - August 18, 2020

Colorado joined a multistate federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the recent operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could affect the national election in November. The lawsuit, which will be filed in federal court in Washington state, includes a coalition of states including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, […]

Phil Weiser

Colorado attorney general explores legal action against Trump administration over mail-in ballots

By: - August 17, 2020

Colorado’s attorney general, Phil Weiser, said on Monday that he is working with other states to evaluate the “best legal options” to pursue against the Trump administration over the president’s efforts to undermine mail-in voting ahead of the November election.  “We are going to explore all avenues to protect our constitution, to protect the right […]

Need for proposed supportive housing project not contested, only its location

By: - August 14, 2020

A proposed supportive housing and recuperative care facility in Denver received push-back this week from an area business owner who is concerned about the concentration of poverty in the area. On Tuesday, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless presented to the State Housing Board a new housing project that aims to create 98 affordable and […]

Emergency housing funds could dry up by mid-November, state official says

By: - August 13, 2020

There wasn’t much good news announced during Colorado’s monthly State Housing Board meeting on Tuesday. The meeting came as fear continues to mount among housing advocates and nonprofits over a looming eviction crisis. On Aug. 10, Gov. Jared Polis extended an executive order that requires Colorado landlords to give tenants 30 days notice before filing […]

‘A historic moment’: Colorado Democratic women celebrate Biden’s pick of Harris for VP

By: - August 11, 2020

Influential Democratic women in Colorado politics celebrated presidential candidate Joe Biden’s vice presidential selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris, which was announced Tuesday. If Biden wins the election in November, Harris will become the first woman to serve as vice president, as well as the first woman of color to serve in this role. “I […]

At least 25% of Colorado renters are at risk of eviction in the coming months, new analysis finds

By: - August 7, 2020

Between 436,000 and 596,000 people in Colorado — or 25%-36% of renters in the state — could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, according to new analysis. The analysis, released on Friday by the nonprofit The Aspen Institute, estimates that 29 million renters across the country are at risk of […]

Landlords in Adams County can apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants

By: - August 6, 2020

Landlords of residential properties in Adams County can now apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants who have fallen behind on their rent and could face eviction as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with Adams County and local municipalities, Maiker Housing Partners announced it will allocate more than $1.5 million for […]

Denver Justice Center

Some criminal cases among backlog could be dropped due to Colorado’s speedy trial mandate

By: - August 6, 2020

Colorado judicial districts got the green light to resume criminal jury trials this week after the coronavirus shut down much of in-person court operations in mid-March. The nearly five-month delay has created a hefty backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial, which some worry could result in prosecutors dropping some because of Colorado’s speedy trial mandate. […]