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.

No Personhood Campaign Kickoff


Despite being defeated in 2008 and 2010, Personhood USA has once again managed to get a “personhood” amendment on the ballot that would ban all abortions — including in cases of rape and incest — and give government and politicians license to interfere with the personal health decisions of Colorado women and their families.

Join us for the official No on 67 Campaign Kickoff
Tuesday, July 22 at noon
Colorado State Capitol, west steps
200 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO  80203

Like the past two versions of the personhood amendment, Amendment 67 goes too far.

  • Amendment 67 would ban all abortions, including for victims of rape and incest, and when a woman’s life and health is in danger.
  • Amendment 67 would ban some birth control options like IUDs and emergency contraception.
  • Under Amendment 67, any doctor who performs an abortion could be put in jail, and any woman who suffers a miscarriage could be investigated for murder or manslaughter.0
  • Amendment 67 would prohibit pregnant women with cancer and other illnesses from undergoing life-saving treatment.
  • Amendment 67 would make it harder for some women to start families by banning in-vitro fertilization.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

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