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.

Black and Brown Unity Civil Rights Rally

February 17th 4:15-4:45pm
Denver City and County Building
2nd Floor Atrium

Join the Colorado Latino Forum Denver Chapter, Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, ACLU of Colorado, NAACP Denver Branch and other Civil Rights leaders in calling for accountability of the Denver District Attorney’s Office for failing to prosecute any excessive force cases since 1992. 

After the rally make your voices heard at the Denver City Council public hearing in support of strengthening the Office of the Independent Monitor. 

Sign-up to speak by 5pm

On February 17 at 4:15pm Civil Rights leaders and community members will join together to support accountability of the Denver District Attorney’s Office for failing to prosecute any cases of excessive force since 1992. Further, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey recently criticized the actions of the Executive Director of Public Safety Stephanie O’Malley for firing two Denver Sheriff Department deputies for punching and choking inmates. CLF Denver Chapter recently expressed “no confidence” in the DA’s ability to fairly prosecute cases of excessive force, and called for a special prosecutor in the recent police killing of unarmed teenager Jessie Hernandez.

Immediately following Tuesday’s rally, community members will participate in the public hearing before Denver City Council to voice their support for the ordinance sponsored by City Councilman Paul Lopez to strengthen the powers of the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) to access records involving allegations of excessive force by Denver’s public safety agencies. It is expected that the Denver Police Department’s union, the Police Protective Association, will turn out its members to oppose transparency  in law enforcement and lessen the current authority of OIM. It is imperative that community members turnout in a show of solidarity with victims of law enforcement violence, and to hold accountable those who are sworn to protect, and not abuse, the people of Denver.

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