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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.

Bill of Rights Dinner Nominations

On October 1, 2020, we will gather for our annual Bill of Rights Dinner to honor and celebrate the leaders in our community who protect and extend civil rights and liberties. Our nominations process is now open, and we want to hear from you about which individuals, groups, firms and organizations deserve to be recognized for their hard work.

We are looking to honor leaders that have an outstanding commitment to and track record of advocating for members of disenfranchised communities, addressing contemporary civil rights issues, and educating community. There are several awards available, each dedicated to different areas of work ranging from media to legal work.

We are currently accepting nominations for the Bill of Rights Dinner honorees until April 15, 2020. Information about each of the awards can be found here.

To submit your nomination, complete the survey online.

If you would like to submit your nomination via email, please download the nomination form and direct your responses to Susie Simmons, Development Coordinator, at ssimmons@aclu-co.org.

You may also mail your nomination(s) to:
ACLU of Colorado
Attn: Susie Simmons
303 E 17th Ave, Ste 350
Denver, CO 80203



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