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.

Forum: Religious Freedom and Reproductive Justice

The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado (TIA-CO) invites you to attend an upcoming public policy forum titled, “Religious Freedom and Reproductive Justice.” The forum will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs., May 29 at Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore St. in Denver.

The forum will look at the covert campaign to redefine religious freedom in the United States and the implications this effort has on access to reproductive health care and religious freedom for all Americans. In particular, the forum will consider the two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court – the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases – dealing with the Affordable Care Act and access to contraception. Time will be given for audience questions.

Panelists will include:

Rev. Nina Churchman, Episcopal Priest
John Kane, retired professor, Regis University
Laura Reinsch, Political and Organizing Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
Mark Silverstein, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
Moderator: Rev. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado

The event is free and open to the public. Time will be given for audience questions. Light refreshments will be served.

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