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.

ACLU Young Professionals: An Evening with the First Amendment

The ACLU Young Professionals invite you to a tour of the Open Media Foundation and presentation on the First Amendment by Denver attorney David Lane. Mr. Lane is one of Colorado’s best-known criminal defense and civil rights attorneys. He has represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases both in the workplace and in many other contexts. Preceding his talk OMF will host a tour of its television studio and new media facility- see the First Amendment in action! 

5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet with wine and light refreshments
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tour of Open Media Foundation television studio and new media facility — see the First Amendment in action!
6:30 p.m. Talk will begin followed by a Q & A session
7:30 p.m. Reception with wine and light snacks/Enter our drawing for an ACLU ‘Free Speech’ poster
Contact Caryn at 303-777-5482 ext. 109 for more event information

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