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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. 

Reproductive Rights Roadshow

Join ACLU of Colorado and Cobalt on Wednesday, August 25 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for another installment of our Repro Roadshow series! We will discuss the lay of the land on abortion rights in Colorado and will have the opportunity to talk with advocates about what access looks like in our state. 


RSVP to learn more

Zoom call-in details will be emailed to you after registration.


This training is for anyone interested in learning more and no previous knowledge is necessary. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.



Regístrate al Segundo Virtual Reproductive Rights Roadshow

Acompaña a Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles y Cobalt el miércoles 25 de agosto a las 11 am para aprender sobre los derechos reproductivos. Tendrás la oportunidad de aprender los derechos reproductivos en Colorado y podrán hablar con defensores de estos derechos y como podemos seguir protegiendo nuestras comunidades.


Regístrese Aquí

Los detalles de la llamada de Zoom se le enviarán por correo electrónico después de registrarse


Este taller es para todas las personas interesadas en aprender más y no es necesario tener ningún conocimiento previo. Tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas.


Por favor envíe un correo electrónico a  48 horas antes del evento para organizar adaptaciones lingüísticas o interpretación.

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