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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. 

Expanding the Table for Justice

ACLU of Colorado is launching a statewide initiative on Tuesday, June 29. Expanding the Table for Justice (ETFJ) is a 60-day listening tour to connect with Colorado advocacy groups, anointed and appointed leaders, and everyday individuals to learn about their community work, how they view the work of the ACLU, and how the ACLU of Colorado may support and engage in the civil liberties and civil rights issues that are important to them.

Join our launch on Tuesday, June 29, at noon to learn more about Expanding the Table for Justice and how you can get involved.

The goal of Expanding the Table for Justice is to take necessary steps to engage as trusted partners and collaborative allies with all communities whose rights are at stake under systemic oppression.

Learn more about Expanding the Table for Justice.

Obtenga más información sobre Expansión de la Mesa Por la Justicia.

Individuals, community leaders, justice organizations, policymakers, and advocates from across the state are invited to engage with us in a series of interactive, thought-provoking conversations and listening sessions. ETFJ team members and project stakeholders will discuss issues including criminal legal reform, disability rights, homelessness, immigrants’ rights, Indigenous justice, LGBTQ+ rights, multifaith issues, racial justice, reproductive rights, voting rights, and more. Expanding the Table for Justice is led by ACLU of Colorado’s new Executive Director, Deborah Richardson, and ACLU of Colorado staff Nicole Loy and Julian Camera as project coordinators.

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