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.

Know Your Rights: What to Do During a Police Encounter

Where? Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride St., Aurora 80011

When? Saturday, February 29, 1:00-3:00 pm


Recent encounters between Aurora Police officers and members of the community have raised concerns about the level of force utilized on individuals and the impact it has on police-community relationships.  It’s important that all community members feel safe in their daily activities without the expense of endangering their basic constitutional rights.

Join us as Aurora Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Johnston welcomes the ACLU of Colorado, Jonathan McMillan of Be Better Than Average, LLC, NAACP-Aurora Branch, Second Chance Center, Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA), Kat Strategy, LLC, and many other active community leaders for a Know Your Rights presentation on what you can do if you are stopped by the police. Together, we will learn about de-escalation strategies to protect your safety and suggest recourses of action in the event your rights may be violated.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This is an opportunity to gather as a community to ensure that The City of Aurora remains accountable to the people!

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