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  • 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.

March with ACLU at the 2016 MLK Marade

Join the ACLU of Colorado in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by marching with us at the 2016 MLK Marade in Denver on Monday, January 18.

After the Marade, come hear where the candidates running for Denver district attorney stand on key civil rights issues at a candidate forum hosted by the Denver Justice Project.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Marade
Monday, January 18
City Park, Denver
Program begins at 10 a.m.
Email MaradeRSVP@aclu-co.org for meet-up location.

Denver District Attorney Candidate Forum
Following the Marade
Trinity United Methodist Church
1820 Broadway St.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The Marade is the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the United States. Every year, ACLU of Colorado staff, members, volunteers, and supporters march from City Park to Civic Center Park in a public display of unity toward the cause of racial justice and equality.

The day-to-day decisions of the Denver district attorney’s office have a huge impact on mass incarceration rates, criminalization of poverty, prosecutorial discretion, and holding law enforcement officers accountable in excessive force cases. At the Denver Justice Project DA Candidate Forum, community representatives will ask all four candidates to weigh in on these issues and more.

Bring your friends, your neighbors, and your family, and spend MLK Day with the ACLU of Colorado.





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