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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.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • 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.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

ACLU of CO hires Nathan Woodliff-Stanley as Executive Director

October 11, 2012

Will bring 20+ years of nonprofit leadership, financial management and advocacy experience

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is pleased to announce it has hired Nathan Woodliff-Stanley as its new Executive Director. Most recently the Minister of Congregational Life and Social Justice at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado, he has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership, nonprofit financial management and issue advocacy.

“Nathan possesses a unique blend of excellent nonprofit management skills and inspirational leadership ability,” said Rehan K. Hasan, ACLU of Colorado board chair. “The ACLU of Colorado is delighted that he will be our Executive Director to lead our work to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties, including in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice reform, religious freedom, immigrants’ rights, and the right to privacy.”

Woodliff-Stanley was the founder and executive director for ten years of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, the first statewide association and management support center for nonprofit organizations in that state. He represented the nonprofit sector; built a strong network of more than 300 nonprofit organizations; taught seminars on strategic planning, management, fund raising and advocacy; and published a monthly column on nonprofit management for the Mississippi Business Journal.

An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Woodliff-Stanley has led Golden and Summit County congregations in immigration, gay rights and anti-poverty advocacy and service projects. He was responsible for budgeting, stewardship and strategic planning, strengthening and integrating these social responsibility programs into church life.

“The opportunity to lead the ACLU of Colorado in pursuing liberty and justice for all is an honor,” said Woodliff-Stanley. “I’m eager to put my devotion to social responsibility and nonprofit experience to work for the ACLU of Colorado.”

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