PrideFest 2014 pics are up!
Denver PrideFest was ton of fun! Thanks to all who came by our booth and helped decorate our wedding cake. It looks awesome! Check out our Flickr page for more pics from the Denver PrideFest on June 21-22. | Read More
War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing
(From ACLU National's website) All across the country, heavily-armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to search for drugs. It should enrage us that people have needlessly died during these raids, that pets have been shot, and that homes have been ravaged. Our neighborhoods are not warzones, and police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. Any yet, every year, billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment flows from the federal.... | Read More
Claudia’s Story: How a Domestic Violence Victim’s Call for Help Resulted in Three Days in Jail and Deportation Proceedings
Claudia Valdez’s story underscores how our system of immigration enforcement is badly broken and why local law enforcement’s participation in immigration enforcement makes our community less safe. Ms. Valdez is a 15-year resident of Denver and a devoted mother of three U.S. citizen children. In June 2012, she made a decision that would dramatically affect the course of her life: fearing for the safety of herself and her children, Ms. Valdez asked a neighbor to call the police for help when a.... | Read More
Colbert Report Takes on Debtors’ Prisons
Did you catch Stephen Colbert's "debt or prison" segment last night on The Colbert Report? Stephen runs through the sadly comical ways in which being a prisoner and being a debtor are converging and starting to blur in our prisons and justice system. Here in Colorado, we struck a major blow against debtors' prisons in the 2014 legislative session by passing HB 1061, a bill prohibiting local courts from jailing people who cannot afford to pay fines and fees. https://aclu-co.org/blog/gov-signs-debtors-prison-ban-law/ Watch.... | Read More
DISH’s new accommodations for nursing mothers send the right message
When I became pregnant with my son in 2010, I had no idea what parenthood had in store for me or how my little guy would enrich my life. I did however know that there was one thing that I wanted to provide my son that only I could: breast milk. With the encouragement of my family, friends, and former employer, I was able to provide my son with the benefit of having breast milk while I was away at work. I consider myself lucky to have had the network of support to tackle one of motherhood’s.... | Read More
A Message From Edward Snowden, One Year Later
(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Edward Snowden Below is an email ACLU supporters received from Edward Snowden this morning, one year to the day since The Guardian broke the first in a series of revelations exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. Click here for a new video documenting the incredible events of the last year, along with a timeline and the ACLU’s guide to privacy reform. It's been one year. Technology has been a liberating force in our lives..... | 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.