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  • 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. 

  • 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.

2019 Bill of Rights Dinner

Please join us for our annual Bill of Rights Dinner, Thursday, September 26, 2019. The Bill of Rights Dinner is ACLU of Colorado’s marquis event where we come together to celebrate our victories, honor our leaders, and inspire our community to continue the critical work of defending and preserving civil rights and civil liberties for all. All funds raised by the Bill of Rights Dinner provide crucial support to sustain and expand the ACLU of Colorado’s vital legal, advocacy, communication, and education work throughout the state.

This year’s honorees will be:

Carrie Ann Lucas, posthumously receiving the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award

The Honorable Joseph A. Salazar, Ralph Carr Award

The Durango Herald, Larry Tajiri Media Award

Featured Speaker: Sister Helen Prejean

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 7:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held in the Ritz-Carlton Denver ballroom.

This year’s sponsors are:

Circle of Liberty
Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP

Justice Council
Recht Kornfeld PC

Freedom League
The Advocates & TLSS
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Green Faith Ministry
Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC
Mendez, Barkis, and Associates
Rathod Mohamedbhai
The Sawaya Law Firm

Advocate
Richard and Mary Lyn Ballantine
Colorado Rising and Patricia Olson
Bob Connelly
Elkind Alterman Harston PC
Frank & Salahuddin LLC
Johnson & Klein, PLLC
Strategies 360
Tierney Lawrence LLC
Vicente Sederberg, LLC

Individual
Robin Hobart
Law Offices of Ann M. Roan, LLC

Resistance
Voqal

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s dinner or if you have any questions about our event, please contact Rachel Pryor-Lease, Director of Philanthropy
rpryor-lease@aclu-co.org   or (720) 402-3105

For more info on sponsorship levels: 2019 ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner Sponsorship Levels

To purchase tickets please go to: ACLU of Colorado’s Bill of Rights Dinner





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