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.

Denver PrideFest Parade and Festival

PARADE – Come show your pride by marching with the ACLU!

Sunday, June 21 at 9:30 am at Cheesman Park.
The parade starts at Cheesman Park (between 8th & 13th Ave. and High and Franklin St.) and ends at Civic Center Park.  Marchers should plan to be ready to march no later than 8:45 am (the exact meeting spot TBD). ACLU “Out for Freedom” t-shirts available to the first 20 folks that RSVP to march.

To RSVP, contact Jane at or Caryn at

The PrideFest Parade is always a blast, so bring your friends and family and be prepared for a great time!


FESTIVAL — Come volunteer or visit us at the ACLU booth!

Festival Dates and Location:  Saturday 6/20 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday 6/21 10 am to 6 pm, Civic Center Park
Denver PrideFest creates a fun, safe and empowering space to celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of the LGBT and allied community in Colorado. Come visit us at the ACLU booth and sign up for the upcoming Mobile Justice App***,  become a member, grab some stickers, fans, and treats!

For more information on PrideFest, visit: For directions or other information about ACLU Pride events, call Caryn at 303-521-6559 or Jane at 513-560-4538.

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Learn more about the important work we are doing to insure the rights of the LGBT community in the workplace, in schools, and in the public arena.


Mobile Justice Colorado is a smartphone app that will empower Coloradans to hold police accountable for their actions. The app will be free for all users and will be available for download later this summer.  Sign up at to be alerted when Mobile Justice Colorado is launched.

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