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 The Denver Foundation


December 10, 2001

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU of Colorado) is pleased to announce a grant award of $10,000 from The Denver Foundation, through the Irene G. Rothgerber Trust of The Denver Foundation, for programs serving the six county metropolitan area.


This grant will support the entire range of litigation, education and advocacy programs 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 Denver Foundation. The grant will support so much of the work we do in Colorado in defense of those whose civil rights or civil liberties have been violated. This grant enables ACLU Foundation of Colorado to continue protecting and defending the rights of all Coloradans."


The Denver Foundation presented, in part, this rationale for funding ACLU of Colorado, "The ACLU of Colorado is uniquely positioned to educate the public, attorneys and others about the issues that confound the rights of citizens. The ACLU provides a forum for discussion about controversial issues – raising civic discourse among the region's citizens. It (ACLU) also works to expand the individual civic responsibility and involvement in the civic life of the Colorado community."


The Denver Foundation's mission is to improve life in metro Denver through philanthropy, community and leadership. Established in 1925, The Denver Foundation is a community endowment – a permanent pool of money contributed by numerous local donors to benefit charitable causes.

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