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  • Cedric Watkins is a father, uncle, entrepreneur-in-training, and a vital community pillar for many others. While behind bars, he has tirelessly devoted himself to serving his peers and his community. He developed gang disaffiliation programs for other incarcerated individuals and is currently involved with Defy Ventures. He sends letters and calls his daughter as much as he can.

    Cedric is currently in prison at Sterling Correctional Facility. He was convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary, kidnapping, theft and sentenced to 80 years; no one was seriously injured or killed. For comparison, a person convicted of second-degree murder in Colorado faces a maximum sentence of 48 years. Cedric has already served 20 years and has fully rehabilitated during that time.

    It’s time to bring Cedric home: acluco.org/redemption. Redemption is real. Clemency is compassion.

  • 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?

    ACLU Settles Case With Aurora After Police Brutalize and Unlawfully Arrest Alberto Torres

  • Hope is a discipline. It’s a commitment that together, we can create a more perfect union. We won’t rest until we fulfill the promise of equal rights for ALL people in the United States.

    Join us in our fight to fulfill this promise and move forward with hope by donating to the ACLU of Colorado. Your donation supports the ACLU’s strengths that make our work effective and collaborative.

    Donate now at https://action.aclu.org/give/support-aclu-colorado

  • 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. 

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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