DP Editorial: “Colorado should take a full step toward marriage equality” by Wellington Webb
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READ: New Huffington Post marriage equality blog by our Executive Director
Our Executive Director, Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, just put out a new blog on Huffington Post about AG Suthers’ continued crusade against marriage equality (which recently took a detour into Indiana). Check it out! | Read More
660 Gasps for Breath, Then Death
(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project We still don't know where the drugs came from. We know they used midazolam and hydromorphone. We know the combination was experimental. And now we know that instead of working, the drugs took nearly two hours to kill Joseph Wood, as he snorted and gasped for air 660 times. Within a couple hours of Mr. Wood's death, the state of Arizona started damage control. Last night, Governor Jan Brewer called.... | Read More
Lifting Lives: 2014 Multi-Cultural Day at the Denver Federal Center
In his January 1964 article published in the New York Amsterdam News, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that the “civil rights legislation now before Congress” was “born in the streets of Birmingham amid snarling dogs and the battering of fire hoses. It was fashioned in the jail cells of the South and by the marching feet in the North. It became the order of the day at the great March On Washington last summer” (King). In this characteristically poetic way, Dr. King traced the long, arduous,.... | Read More
MUST WATCH: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (former Daily Show correspondent) featured a segment about the U.S. prison system on his show, and it's must-see TV. Mass incarceration, solitary confinement, prison conditions, prison privatization - all are touched upon. Check it out: More information on the ACLU of Colorado's work on solitary confinement can be found on our Stop Solitary campaign page. For information on what the ACLU of Colorado is doing to stop mass incarceration, visit our Criminal.... | Read More
Video: Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
If you are one of the many Coloradans looking to kill some time at work before the 4th of July holiday weekend, there's not a better, more informative way to spend three minutes than watching this excellent video from vlogbrothers on mass incarceration in America. It's a master class in public policy, covering our prisons, corrections, and court system, in under 220 seconds. Check it out, and have a safe and fun 4th! | 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.