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 Foundation of Colorado Receives Challenge Grant from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado


August 31, 2000

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado (ACLU of Colorado) recently received a challenge grant and event sponsorship in the amount of $13,000 from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The grant will support on-going legal work and ACLU chapter initiatives in El Paso County.


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, advocacy and legislation.

According to Sue Armstrong, Executive Director, "We are very pleased to receive this grant from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The grant comes at an important time for this organization as we prepare to expand civil liberties activities in El Paso County. We see this grant as an indication that we are on the right track in our commitment to educating and involving the public in civil liberties issues."


"The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado recognizes that no one's civil rights are protected unless everyone's civil rights are protected," said Jan Brennan, Program Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. "Through their education, advocacy and litigation, the ACLU has proven critical to the defense of individual liberties in Colorado Springs. We are delighted to continue our support for this vital work."

The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado is a fund of the Gill Foundation, a private philanthropic organization based in Colorado Springs. The Fund provided over $800,000 in 1999 to support quality community programs in Colorado Springs and throughout the state. For funding guidelines from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, please call 719-473-4455 or 800-964-5643.

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