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.

Local Elections Matter Phone Bank

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th.

We need your help to turn out the vote in a key Colorado election.

Douglas County has become a battleground in the fight to protect our core civil liberties.  Special interests are pouring piles of money into this year’s school board election to revive a voucher scheme that was rejected by the Colorado Supreme Court because it illegally funnels taxpayer money to private, religious schools.

The Constitution prohibits using public dollars to communicate a religious message. Vouchers directly fund schools that require religious tests, oaths, and teach a single religious point of view. Voucher-funded schools can reject children with disabilities and discriminate against children who already struggle with being treated differently.

We need help calling ACLU members and likely supporters in Douglas County and urging them to vote.

ACLU of Colorado will host a phone bank on Monday, November 6th from 5pm – 7pm at our office.

Please join us—even if you can’t stay the whole time.

Every vote counts in this close election.

To volunteer for this phone bank, please email  agarza@aclu–

Who: ACLU of Colorado

What: Get Out the Vote ( GOTV) Phone Bank

When: Monday, November 6th   5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: 303 E 17th Ave Suite 350
Denver, CO 80203

Light refreshments will be served.

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