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.

Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations: Hammering Out Human Rights

featuring A re-enactment by award-winning actress
Susan Marie Frontczak, Storysmith

Harmony Public Library
4616 S. Shields, Fort Collins
Public Welcome Free Admission

On February 16, 1946, facing the incredible violations of human rights of World War II, the United Nations established a Human Rights Commission, with Eleanor Roosevelt as its chairperson. She brought to the commission her deep commitment to human rights and her long experience in politics and lobbying.
She worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR), writing parts of the text . She also spent many hours lobbying American and international leaders for support. Eleanor Roosevelt considered her work on the UDHR to be her most important  accomplishment. On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the UN adopted a resolution endorsing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights. On this occasion, Eleanor Roosevelt said, “We stand today at the threshold of a great event, both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind.”

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