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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: acluco.org/redemption. 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 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. 

Nursing Mothers at DISH Network Denied Space and Privacy to Breastfeed

DENVER – DISH Network is violating state and federal law by persistently failing to provide reasonable accommodations to nursing mothers, according to a complaint sent to the company this morning by the ACLU of Colorado.

The ACLU complaint documents multiple failures to accommodate nursing mothers at DISH Network’s corporate headquarters in Englewood, where employees are forced to pump breast milk in front of their co-workers and supervisors without privacy screens or curtains, and at a DISH Network call center in Littleton, where the lactation room is located inside a bathroom in direct violation of federal and state law.

“There is a state and national campaign to encourage women to make a healthy choice to breastfeed their babies,” said ACLU Staff Attorney Rebecca Wallace.  “Yet, new mothers often return to work and face significant obstacles to breastfeeding when employers, like DISH Network, refuse to provide a private, hygienic, readily accessible place to express breast milk.”

According to the ACLU, the lactation room in one of the buildings at the DISH Network headquarters was so small and crowded that women were forced to pump while sitting on the floor.

“To continue breastfeeding, employees at DISH are forced to bare their breasts to multiple co-workers, and even supervisors,” said Wallace.

The Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mother’s Act, passed by the Colorado legislature in 2008, as well as the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as amended by the Affordable Care Act in 2010, require employers to provide sufficient private spaces, other than a bathroom, for nursing employees to express breast milk, shielded from the view of all other co-workers and the public.   Private spaces may be created in a large room through the use of privacy screens between nursing mothers.

“Failure to accommodate breastfeeding mothers in the workplace is not only illegal, it’s also bad for Colorado families and businesses because it forces women – an invaluable part of the workforce – to choose between breastfeeding their babies or returning to the workplace after giving birth,” added Wallace.

The ACLU is calling on DISH Network to provide adequate space and privacy in all of its lactation rooms for multiple nursing employees to pump privately at the same time, training for all supervisors and facilities managers about accommodations the law requires, and posted notice in all lactation rooms detailing the rights of nursing mothers.

The ACLU has requested a response from the company by March 19, 2014.

For the ACLU case page, including a photo of the DISH Network Littleton call center lactation room:

https://aclu-co.org/court-cases/dish-network-accommodation-nursing-mothers/

Read the ACLU complaint:

http://static.aclu-co.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-03-12-Clayton-Wallace.pdf

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The ACLU of Colorado is the state’s oldest civil rights organization, protecting and defending the civil rights of all Coloradans through litigation, education and advocacy.



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