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Advocacy from Home

The COVID-19 Pandemic has upended our lives. It will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. Spaces we typically engage in, such as the streets, courtrooms, jails, prisons, and detention centers—among others—are now increasingly inaccessible due to physical distancing. The fight to protect the civil liberties of all peoples, however, will persist. Each of us who are able must remain vigilant advocates for the issues affecting the United States and Colorado, even during these difficult times.

What can we do?

Protect People in Jails, Prisons, and ICE Detention Centers

Our prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers have been infamous in their medical negligence, with multiple reports, journalists, and inmates confirming inadequate medical services and sanitation.

We have released a series of demands for the Governor’s office. You can access both letters below.

Learn more about this work by going to #DoingMyPartCO

Participate in the 2020 Census

We need to make sure that everyone is counted. The outcome of the 2020 Census will be pivotal in allocating over $900 billion in federal funds for our communities. This includes funding for roads, schools, healthcare, and other key necessities.

We have a comprehensive plan to make sure everyone is counted. You can find more information on that plan here. For general information about the census, go here.

Sign up to help get out the census!

Take our Activist Survey

Will you lend a few moments of your time and complete the ACLU Activist Survey? Responses are used to improve the work we are doing across the state.

Click here to take our Activist Survey

Educate our Families and Communities

In the coming days and weeks, we will have a series of webinars and move our Know Your Rights trainings online. They’ll be led by our organizers, policy experts, and partner organizations.

(Dates subject to change)

We will also continue to have Know Your rights materials available on our website and will update it to include information relevant to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We encourage people to share this information within households and online.

Join the fight for civil rights and civil liberties in your local community.

Become an ACLU of Colorado activist. Click here to learn more.

Continue Advocating for Other Issues

Though the Colorado Legislative session is currently paused, that does not mean issues outside the COVID-19 crisis can go unaddressed. We will provide an update on the legislative session shortly.

Among many initiatives, ACLU National is pushing to get the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act enacted, a national bill that would prohibit employment practices that discriminate against making reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers and job applicants.

We will also be conducting an activist survey that will be live shortly.

We also encourage individuals that are able to do so to give back to their communities while adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines.

Take care of ourselves

This pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis. COVID-19 will also result in profound economic effects. It is okay to feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious, or otherwise upset. We encourage people to reach out safely to loved ones. We also encourage people to exercise, sleep, and engage in other self-care activities. Though we are all apart, we are apart together.

We will get through this. United.

Resources

Casa de Paz

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Colorado Crisis Services

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Denver Homeless Out Loud

Food Bank of the Rockies

Violence Free Colorado

World Health Organization