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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. 

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 on the current flaws in our immigration system and how to ensure everyone has the right to due process and dignity.

On Saturday, July 24, we are hosting a day full of legal resources, services, and celebrations at Rotary Park. Starting at 11 a.m., we will provide free 30-minute consultations with immigration attorneys from across the state. Call Carolina Díaz at (970) 426-9401 to reserve your spot with an attorney; appointments will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The evening celebration begins at 4 p.m. and includes dance, food, and community networking. If you want to offer a room for out-of-towners to stay or would like to carpool, please email Ana Temu at

We hope to see you there!

Únase a nosotros el sábado 24 de julio en Rotary Park en Durango.

El 25 de junio, el Fondo Estatal de Defensa Legal para Inmigrantes se convirtió en ley junto con una serie de otras leyes monumentales que mantendrán a nuestros amigos y vecinos seguros. Sin derecho a asesoría legal durante los procedimientos de deportación, es esencial que celebremos estos triunfos y continuemos educando a los habitantes de Colorado sobre las fallas actuales en nuestro sistema de inmigración y cómo podemos garantizar que todos tengan el derecho al debido proceso y la dignidad.

El sábado 24 de julio tendremos un día lleno de recursos legales, servicios y celebración en Rotary Park. A partir de las 11 a.m., tendremos consultas gratuitas de 30 minutos con abogados de inmigración de todo el estado. Llame a Carolina Díaz al (970) 426-9401 para reservar su lugar con un abogado que se ocupará por orden de llegada.

La celebración nocturna comienza a las 4 p.m. ¡e incluye baile, comida y redes comunitarias!

Si desea ofrecer una habitación para que se queden los forasteros o su vehículo para que otros puedan compartir el viaje con usted, envíe un correo electrónico a Ana Temu

¡Esperamos verte ahí!

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