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.
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.
- 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.
Election Day Phone/Txt Bank
Last chance to help pro-civil liberties and pro-civil rights voters cast their ballots. Help provide critical information to Election Day voters who can make or break elections.
ACLU staff will train voting rights, messaging, and how-to phone/text bank - no experience required. Volunteers have the option to text and/or phone bank.
Get-out-the-vote Phone/Txt Bank
Statewide, virtual event. Join ACLU on October 29 at 6 p.m. to contact voters to make sure they have all the voting rights information they need to exercise their bedrock right. Staff will train volunteers and provide space for discussion so bring your voting questions and concerns. We are contacting....
Letter on Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools
ACLU-CO Releases Letter on Dangerous, Misleading and Discriminatory Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools
OCT. 29, 2020. This morning, the ACLU-CO released a data-driven letter highlighting the underreported and concerning findings of the taxpayer-funded Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool (CPAT) Validation Study. The Study assessed the CPAT, currently used....
Vote NO on 76: Outreach Event
Amendment 76 is on the Colorado ballot this November and asks voters to amend the constitution to say "ONLY a citizen" of the US who has attained the age of 18 can vote in ANY Colorado election. The current language says "EVERY citizen." Through this change, 17 year-old's would no longer be able to vote in primary elections and there would be a permanent....
Immigrants’ Rights, Student and Youth Rights, Voting Rights
Take Action! Phone Bank to Oppose Colorado’s Abortion Ban – Proposition 115!
Join the ACLU of Colorado on October 27 at 6 p.m. to phone bank Coloradan’s on why it’s critical to defeat the latest abortion ban appearing on the Colorado 2020 ballot. Proposition 115 is an intentionally confusing ballot measure to ban abortion later in pregnancy, with no exceptions for health or individual circumstances.
No previous phone....
Divest From Police. Invest In Communities: Advocacy 101
Over the summer, our country has watched in horror as boundless accounts of police violence against Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities and the mistreatment of protesters who rise up to speak out against these atrocities move across our news feeds and TV screens. As we bear witness to the pervasive racism that continues to plague our criminal legal....