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.

Phone bank for

Voting is one of our most basic rights, but it’s meaningless if we don’t take the time to make our voices heard. 
Help us remind people in Lakewood to vote this November and let them know about the Vehicle Impound ballot initiative they’ll be voting on. This misguided initiative would require police officers to impound the vehicles of anyone driving without license or registration, even if the driver simply forgot those items at home. It would cost drivers $2700 to retrieve their cars from the city impound lots. The ACLU of Colorado is part of the Coloradans for Safe Communities coalition that opposes this initiative because it will encourage racial profiling, eliminate due process protections, and waste public resources. Last year Denver voters defeated an almost identical proposal, Initiative 300, which by nearly a 3-1 margin.
Read more about this dangerous ballot initiative on the Coloradans for Safe Communities website.
RSVP to Emma Dubach Donahue, 303.863.2400,
This phone bank and all other “No on Impound” Phone Banks will be held at:
SEIU Local 105
2525 W. Alameda Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80219
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Here’s the full list of phone bank and canvas dates:
Wednesday, Sept 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 8, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 15, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 22, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 26 Canvass Day in Lakewood (door-knocking), 10am-2pm
Wednesday, Sept 29, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 6, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Oct 11 – Sponsored by 9to5, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesday, Oct 19, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Oct 27, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Nov 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm

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