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ACLU of Colorado By: ACLU of Colorado 12.2.2014

Why do I support the ACLU of Colorado?

I support and volunteer with the ACLU of Colorado because there is no better way to ensure social justice than by working within the ACLU to protect, defend, and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people.

The ACLU does its work through litigation, education, and legislation, never forgetting the Constitution and Bill of Rights are not just words, but values to live by.  I share in the vow to defend these values.

How could you not be drawn to an organization that works with the sole intent to reverse fundamental wrongs?

Juveniles (2005) and persons diagnosed with mental disabilities (2001) subjected to capital punishment? The ACLU reversed those laws.

Same sex couples (2003) and interracial couples (1967) prosecuted for private acts of intimacy? The ACLU reversed those laws too.

In 2013, when a residential treatment center forced children, many with developmental and mental disabilities, into solitary confinement in the name of therapy, the ACLU of Colorado stopped them.

In 2014, after a long history of courts throwing people in jail because they could not afford to pay fines and fees, the ACLU helped pass a bill to stop this medieval practice.

My donation helps the ACLU and its many civil rights campaigns, including:

  • To help create the legal, legislative, and community environments where police brutality is never tolerated.
  • To secure, once and for all times, reproductive freedom for men and women by keeping government out of our bedrooms!

We know no battle for our civil rights and liberties remains won forever.  So, we need the help of many. And, today I encourage you to help.

I hope you will join me in supporting the ACLU of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day.

Kathleen Hynes is a volunteer speaker for the ACLU of Colorado’s Speakers Bureau. For more information about the Speakers Bureau and/or to book a speaking engagement, please visit the Speakers Bureau page.

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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.