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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: 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

  • 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. 

Communications Associate

American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU-CO) seeks a dynamic, experienced and talented Communications Associate. This full-time, salaried position will be based in Denver.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost defender of constitutional rights and civil liberties. ACLU of Colorado, the Colorado affiliate of the ACLU, is the state’s guardian of freedom, working in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all. Founded in 1952, ACLU of Colorado is a strong, growing organization with thousands of members, supporters, and activists. For more information about the work of ACLU of Colorado and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit our website at

The Communications Associate advances ACLU of Colorado’s strategic priorities by effectively articulating its mission through various platforms. This position works with our legal, public policy, development, and campaigns departments, and reports directly to the Director of Communications. ACLU of Colorado is a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment and requires the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks individually as well as in a team.

Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion

ACLU of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

ACLU of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the work of the communications department.
  • Design and edit a range of digital media assets including social media graphics, newsletter content, major reports, advocacy and fundraising communications, and other communication assets as needed.
  • Develop dynamic content for the organization’s websites, microsites, and social media channels.
  • Convey impact of charitable giving and build supporter familiarity with ACLU of Colorado’s work through compelling visual graphics and design. 
  • In consultation with the Director of Communications, determine ideal communication channels and tactics for distributing ACLU content, promoting advocacy campaigns, publicizing events, and making civil liberties accessible and relevant to communities statewide.
  • Monitor social media channels for opportunities to engage.
  • Ensure consistent, clear messaging that represents ACLU of Colorado and its positions compellingly and convincingly.
  • Maintain cross-platform digital communications, including web pages, action alerts, social media posts, running reports, building and testing e-mails.
  • Develop systems for ACLU of Colorado internal communications.
  • Work across ACLU departments and campaigns to execute tactics for mobilization of members and advocacy programs.


  • Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite; InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, Audition and Premiere editing skills are a plus; Microsoft Office, Word Press and additional web-based applications as needed.
  • A keen eye for print and digital design, page layout, typography and brand management.
  • Minimum of two years professional experience in communications or design.
  • A profound and well-articulated commitment to civil liberties and the mission of the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow through, demonstrated ability to solve problems, ability to meet tight deadlines and manage resources effectively.
  • Solid understanding of social media management, processes and techniques for membership development, advocacy campaigns, and list building.
  • Effective and proven team process and project management experience.
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor.

Compensation And Benefits

Approximate salary range is low to mid forties, in accordance with parameters of the nationwide ACLU and the Denver area nonprofit sector and taking into account skills and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 401k contribution, and paid vacation and holidays.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, résumé, and references in an email with “Communications Associate, ACLU of Colorado” in the subject line to No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, which will not be before June 1, 2019.

For more information about the work of ACLU of Colorado, please visit our website at

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