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.


ACLU Awarded Grant from Gill Foundation


December 10, 2001

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU of Colorado) is pleased to announce a grant award of $15,000 from the Gill Foundation for general operating support. This grant will support the entire range of litigation, education and advocacy work of the ACLU of Colorado.


ACLU of Colorado is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of individual freedom and governmental restraint. The goal is to protect and defend the constitutionally guaranteed rights of all Coloradans through litigation, education, and advocacy.

According to Sue Armstrong, Executive Director, "We are pleased to receive this grant from the Gill Foundation. The grant will support so much of the work we do, especially in defense of those in our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) Colorado communities. This grant enables ACLU Foundation of Colorado to continue educating and involving the public in civil liberties issues."


"We are pleased to be able to continue to support the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado," said Marielle Oetjen, Gill Foundation Program Officer. "In the past, we have provided program-specific support for your LGBT work. This year we would like to provide general operating support in the recognition that the work of ACLU of Colorado affects LGBT communities both indirectly and directly, and in the recognition of the benefits of our continued partnership."


The Gill Foundation's mission is to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The mission is accomplished by providing grants to nonprofit organizations; strengthening the leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders; increasing financial resources to nonprofit organization; strengthening democratic institutions; and building awareness of the contributions people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities make to American society. For funding guidelines or to contact the Gill Foundation, please call (303) 292-4455 or

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