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.

Northern Colorado ACLU Chapter Forum: The PATRIOT Act- Four More Years Of Unchecked Spying

In May 2011, the Congress passed and the President signed a four-year renewal of sections of the Patriot Act that included the controversial Section 215, which vastly expanded the unchecked surveillance power of the FBI.Although the ACLU, the American Library Association and other organizations called for increased oversight, these reform efforts were not successful.

At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Northern Colorado chapter of the ACLU will feature a talk and discussion by Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D., of the speakers' bureau of ACLU of Colorado, on "The ACLU Continues to Challenge the Patriot Act: Four More Years of Unchecked Spying, Surveillance and Secrecy."

The talk will be held at The Coloradoan Community Room, 1300 Riverside Ave., in Fort Collins.

Hynes has spoken to a number of civic organizations and college classes on ACLU's continuing challenge to the Patriot Act and is well-versed on the issues involved.

We invite the public to come join in the discussion about the Patriot Act and the critical balance between national security and civil liberties.

Questions? Email Roy Bath, Chair of The ACLU Nothern Colorado Chapter

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