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  • 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 of Colorado and Participant Media Team Up for “On the Basis of Sex” Screening and Panel Discussion

January 8, 2019

DENVER —ACLU of Colorado and Participant Media are proud to host a special engagement screening of “On The Basis of Sex” followed by a panel discussion with state representatives and leaders from the gender equality movement.

The screening and discussion will take place on Thursday, January 10 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas – Sloan’s Lake. Check-in and concessions will begin at 5 p.m. ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes will give the opening remarks at 6 p.m. with the film screening to follow. At 8:10 p.m. Jessica Mason Pieklo from Rewire.News will moderate a 30-minute panel discussion with Sen. Faith Winter, Rep. Leslie Herod, and ACLU of Colorado Reproductive Rights Policy Counsel Lizzy Hinkley. A reception will follow.

“On the Basis of Sex” is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

Co-founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project made progress by establishing essential protections for women and challenging cultural norms that dictate traditional roles according to gender. Recently, ACLU of Colorado, along with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, filed discrimination charges against Frontier Airlines on behalf of female pilots and flight attendants stating Frontier’s policies discriminate against its female employees by failing to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.

“Businesses need to create an environment in which both male and female employees can thrive. We’re asking for Frontier to take some common-sense steps to make it easier for pregnant pilots and new moms to return to work,” said ACLU of Colorado Staff Attorney Sara R. Neel. “Our clients love their jobs and should not have to choose between their careers and breastfeeding their children.”

To connect audiences with ways to get involved, the ACLU created the “Gender Justice in the Workplace” tool – where anyone in any state can educate themselves on the status of workplace equity in the U.S. and take action at a state and federal level. In addition, ACLU, in collaboration with Focus Features and Participant Media, launched the “All Rise” impact campaign which aims to engage policymakers, voters, and influential public figures to bring the conversation around workplace equity to a new level.

The event is sold out, but limited complimentary tickets are available for members of the media. Please RSVP by contacting ACLU of Colorado Field Director Delana Maynes: (720) 402-3129 or


Gender Justice in the Workplace:

All Rise Campaign:



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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