Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

  • Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
  • It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.

CU Boulder (Undergraduate)

Welcome to the home page for the Colorado University at Boulder Undergraduate ACLU Club. You’ll find news and information here about who we are and what we do. Let us know what you think, and if you want to get involved, contact us, or come to one of our meetings or events.

We serve as the CU Boulder undergraduate chapter of the ACLU of Colorado and are a watchdog for civil liberties, seeking to correct unconstitutional government policies or actions. This can mean advocating for the rights of protestors at public events in Boulder or on campus, or hosting public forums on pressing civil liberties issues. Our goal is always to raise public awareness of policies or practices that infringe or suppress our Constitutional rights.

Because we are new, and with the election fast approaching, there is a lot of work to be done to get the word out on the various anti-civil rights amendments on the ballot. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time, making flyers, distributing information, or just want to learn more about this college club, contact Magda Garbowski.

Our Chapter Board of Directors

Magda Garbowski, President

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