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  • 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. 

  • 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.

ACLU of Colorado Establishes Fellowship Fund to Honor Bruce and Martha Sattler

2/12/16

To honor the memory of Bruce and Martha Sattler and their nearly 45 years of unwavering devotion to civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado has established the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund.

Bruce and Martha Sattler both passed away in 2015. Together, they held almost every conceivable Board and staff leadership position at the ACLU of Colorado. To keep their spirit alive within the organization, the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund will set aside funds to assist in bringing young civil rights and civil liberties lawyers and advocates to work at the ACLU of Colorado as “Sattler Fellows.”

“Bruce and Martha Sattler devoted their lives to civil rights and civil liberties, and their impact on the ACLU of Colorado is beyond description,” said ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley. “The Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund will honor their legacy while providing opportunities to future generations of civil rights and civil liberties leaders in Colorado.”

The ACLU of Colorado will work with law schools, colleges, universities, and independent fellowship programs to attract and provide support for fellows and interns to work on important civil rights and civil liberties issues in Colorado. The fund will also support the work of summer and temporary legal interns at the organization.

“Apart from both of their unique talents, intelligence, wit, passion, warmth, and spirit, Bruce and Martha were incredibly wonderful souls,” said Woodliff-Stanley. “They are deeply missed at the ACLU of Colorado, but it gives us great pride to honor their memory through the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund.”

For more information or to contribute to the Bruce and Martha Sattler Fellowship Fund, please contact ACLU of Colorado Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb at SMeswarb@aclu-co.org.

To learn more about the Sattlers and their impact on civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado, read the ACLU of Colorado tributes to Bruce and Martha.



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