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?
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.
2021 Bill of Rights Event
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Watch our 2021 Bill of Rights Event
Although we won’t have the opportunity to gather in person, we are excited to come together virtually for the second year in a row to celebrate our victories, honor our leaders, and inspire one another’s work.
All funds raised by the Bill of Rights Event provide....
Womxn’s March Denver
Womxn’s March Denver will be hosting a rally on October 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., to support reproductive freedom for all.
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We invite you to join our call to action and unite against the recent egregious attacks on constitutionally protected reproductive healthcare. As SB8 continues to block abortion access to the people....
Annual Meeting 2021: Powered by You
Join us on Thursday, August 26, for our virtual Annual Meeting. Together we will honor local civil liberties heroes, celebrate legislative successes, and look ahead to the next year.
ACLU OF COLORADO ANNUAL MEETING: POWERED BY YOU
Join us to honor local civil liberties heroes and celebrate a year of success.
Thursday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. MST
Reproductive Rights Roadshow
Join ACLU of Colorado and Cobalt on Wednesday, August 25 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for another installment of our Repro Roadshow series! We will discuss the lay of the land on abortion rights in Colorado and will have the opportunity to talk with advocates about what access looks like in our state.
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Reproductive Rights Roadshow is Back!
Join ACLU of Colorado and Elephant Circle on Wednesday, July 28 at 12 p.m. as we kick off the Reproductive Roadshow with a special virtual training.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about birth justice, which, like reproductive justice, is an intersectional approach to a range of issues and needs that determine how people give....
Durango’s Picnic at the Park: A celebration of culture, community, and legal defense for all
Join us on Saturday, July 24 at Rotary Park in Durango.
On June 25, the statewide Legal Defense Fund for immigrants was signed into law along with significant legislation that will keep our friends and neighbors safe. With no right to legal counsel during deportation proceedings, we must celebrate these wins and continue to educate Coloradans....