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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.

Northern Colorado Chapter Annual Meeting: Roberts Supreme Court Comes of Age: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

Join the Northern Colorado Chapter for their annual meeting on Wednesday, December 15, in observance of Bill of Rights Day.  It will be held in the Coloradoan Community Meeting Room, 1300 Riverside Ave., in Fort Collins, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The event is open to the public and admission is FREE.

CSU Professor Courtenay Daum is the featured speaker. Her talk is titled, “Roberts Supreme Court Comes of Age: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?” Prof. Daum‘s expertise is in the field of public law, and she has given courses in constitutional law and civil liberties.  Her current interests include the role of federalism in Supreme Court decisions.

In addition to tracing “how we got here,” Prof. Daum will look at a few Roberts Court decisions for discussion, including: Race and the Court; Women’s Rights and the Court; Second Amendment cases (gun ownership); and Campaign Financing and Elections (including Citizens United v. FEC).

Roy Bath, chair of the local ACLU group said, “we invite everyone to come and discuss these vital issues on Bill of Rights Day with Prof. Daum and with each other.  There is no preconceived or partisan agenda – rather, our hope is for an informed discussion of decisions by the Supreme Court which will affect all of us far into the future.”





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