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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 Launches 2020 Voter Guide Focused on Civil Liberties at Stake

DENVER – With less than 30 days until the most consequential election in American history, ACLU of Colorado launched its 2020 Voter Guide today to help people better understand the candidates’ positions on critical civil liberties issues and what ballot initiatives to look out for including: Amendment 76 regarding citizenship qualification of electors, Proposition 113 for the national popular vote, Proposition 115 concerning the ban on abortion later in pregnancy and Proposition 118 for paid family and medical leave. This year’s Voter Guide specifically focuses on the race for District Attorney, highlighting candidates in Judicial District 1 for Jefferson and Gilpin county and Judicial District 18, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties.

“We all know who we are going to vote for at the top of the ballot, but we need everyone to be informed about ballot measures and down-ballot races like the District Attorney,” said ACLU of Colorado Campaigns Director Delana Maynes. “These races and ballot issues will have an immediate effect on the lives of Coloradans and set precedent for the entire country. It is critical for all voters to be armed with the facts and able to educate others in their community.”

ACLU does not endorse candidates, but it does take positions on amendments and propositions. This year, ACLU of Colorado is urging people to vote against misleading ballot initiatives like Amendment 76, aimed at disenfranchising younger voters and limiting accessibility at the ballot box, and Proposition 115, a politically motivated attack on abortion rights that disregards health or individual circumstances. The Guide also uplifts propositions worth saying yes to, like Proposition 118 that would allow more Colorado families access to paid family and medical leave, and Proposition 113, in support of the national popular vote to ensure that every vote in a presidential election counts.

This year’s Voter Guide is part of ACLU of Colorado’s first-ever virtual Get Out the Vote campaign in collaboration with ACLU activists and supporters. ACLU’s Get Out the Vote work will run through Election Day and continue with any necessary accountability work needed post-election.   

“Colorado has been a beacon for the nation when it comes to expanding voting rights for working people,” said ACLU of Colorado Campaign Coordinator Jen Samano. “But expansion without education is not enough. With election noise at a fever pitch, we want to give concerned Coloradan’s much-needed clarity on what’s at stake so they can vote and take meaningful action for their future.” 

Resources:

ACLU of Colorado Voter Guide: https://aclu-covoterguide.org/  

ACLU Let People Vote Campaign: https://www.aclu.org/voter/ 

 

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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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