Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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. 

  • 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.

2012 Marijuana Initiative Campaign Launch & Petition Party

On Sunday, August 21, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will be holding a party at Quixote's True Blue in Denver to celebrate the first month of the campaign and petition drive. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other supporters, and it's a great time for volunteers to pick up petitions and petitioning materials or drop off completed petitions. Of course you can also just come by to sign the petition if you haven't had a chance to do so already, or just to relax on the huge Quixote's patio and enjoy what we hope will be beautiful weather. See below for all the details!

WHAT: 2012 Marijuana Initiative Campaign Launch & Petition Party

WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE: Quixote's True Blue, 2151 Lawrence St., Denver

WHO: Anyone who supports ending marijuana prohibition in Colorado

This is a FREE event to celebrate and support the petition drive to get the Colorado marijuana initiative on the 2012 ballot.

It will be a great opportunity to:

– Meet and network with other campaign supporters and volunteers

– Sign the petition if you haven't had a chance to do so already

– Pick up a petition so you can help qualify the initiative for the ballot

– Relax on the huge Quixote's patio and enjoy what we hope will be some beautiful weather

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