Denver Post editorial: “Should Colorado voters approve “personhood” ballot measure (Amendment 67)? No”
This editorial by our Executive Director appeared in Sunday's Denver Post Colorado's anti-abortion extremists have a clear goal: They want to ban all abortions in all circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is in danger. Twice, in 2008 and 2010, they gathered enough signatures for Colorado ballot initiatives that would have defined a fetus, or even a fertilized egg, as a legal person, subjecting women and their doctors to criminal liability and banning all abortion..... | Read More
Happy Constitution Day!
Constitution Day is the one day a year when we take time to celebrate the signing of our Constitution — the supreme law of the United States — created by our Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787. This monumental document bestows our rights and freedoms and provides the framework for our government — both federal and state — and the relationship between the two. It incorporates pivotal concepts of separation of power and checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government.... | Read More
Vail Daily letter: Abolish death penalty
Read this excellent Letter to the Editor, recently published in the Vail Daily, on the exoneration of a man who spent more than 30 years in prison facing the death penalty for a crime he did not commit. George Mizner of Vail does an excellent job of laying out the many reasons that Colorado’s broken death penalty is part of an unjust system that does not deter crime and routinely executes innocent people: http://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/12900699-113/death-penalty-murder-percent?utm_source=swift_rss&utm_section=Opinion To.... | Read More
Durango Herald Editorial: “Amendment 67: Third try at ‘personhood’ goes way too far”
Our Executive Director's editorial about Amendment 67 appeared this weekend in the Durango Herald. In it, he writes that "Neither the government nor religious crusaders should be allowed to intervene and take control of difficult, personal decisions best left to a woman and her doctor. Amendment 67 goes far beyond what it appears to be at first glance, threatening basic rights and opening a legal Pandora’s box that would be very hard to close because it would be written into the Colorado Constitution." Read.... | Read More
The Road To Equality: ‘Til Death Do Us Part And Beyond
From the ACLU National Blog of Rights, an important reminder of why we in Colorado can't afford to wait for marriage equality. By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU Life is full of unexpected ups and downs. Sometimes our greatest joys are followed by our deepest sorrows and through the good times and the bad we turn to our loved ones to guide and comfort us. But for same-sex couples, all too often the best and worst of life's moments become reminders of the second-class status that.... | Read More
Video: Denise Maes on Rocky Mountain PBS
Our Public Policy Director, Denise Maes, was a featured contributor for a segment on Colorado State of Mind on Rocky Mountain PBS on Friday, August 22, where she discussed inmate abuse at the Denver jail, the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and militarization of Colorado law enforcement. Watch it here. | Read More
On November 21, 2016, 13 Aurora police officers responded to a simple noise complaint at Alberto Torres’s home. As happens all too often, Aurora police officers escalated this minor issue into a brutal affair. They beat Mr. Torres solely because he delayed exiting his garage to ask his wife to interpret for him. With that beating, the lives of Mr. Torres and every member of his family were changed and he has yet to recover. ACLU of Colorado fought to obtain justice for Mr. Torres, and Aurora has now paid him $285,000. But money is not justice, and the brutality of the Aurora Police Department against people of color has continued unabated.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Imagine, if instead of 13 officers being dispatched to Mr. Torres’s home for a noise complaint, the City of Aurora sent a civilian-led response team to check on his welfare and ask that he and his friends lower their sound, resulting in a non-violent solution to a minor issue?
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Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.
In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.
Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”
Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.