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.



September 13, 1999

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado announced today the selection of Sue Armstrong as its new Executive Director after a yearlong, nation-wide search.

Armstrong has 13 years of experience as executive director of non-profit organizations, including five years as Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, Florida. As Executive Director of Mothers against Drunk Driving she led a nine-county agency through all facets of the start up process, and as Executive Director of Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence started up a state-wide network of 32 shelters for abused women throughout the state of Florida.


In 1998 she returned to Denver as the director of the Clinical Trials Acceleration Program of the National Stroke Association. She has managed a consulting business offering expertise in career development and non-profit management.


Armstrong graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, in 1989 and served as Associate Pastor at Burns United Methodist Church in Aurora, Colorado for three years.


"I’m happy to be back home in Colorado," Armstrong said. "I look forward to the challenge of leading the ACLU in protecting civil liberties in the new millenium."

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