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.

Sex Ed Visibility Day

We’re in the final push for our comprehensive sex ed bill, HB 1032 – Youth Wellness Act, and we need your support. There are only 2 weeks left in the legislative session, and HB 1032 has several hurdles to clear before it can be signed by the Governor. Time is running out – but our commitment to CO youth remains strong!

This Wednesday, ACLU and Planned Parenthood will be holding a visibility event at the Capitol. Please join us in the rotunda of the Colorado state Capitol on Wednesday, 4/24 from 8 – 9 a.m. We’ll be delivering all the activist letters we’ve been collecting and inviting legislators to come speak with you and take a picture to show their support for #realsexed. The more constituents and students we have show up, the better!

We need to put pressure on our elected officials to see HB 1032 through to the Governor’s desk with funding intact. Otherwise, we will have to start this entire process all over again next year! Colorado youth can’t wait another year.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP:
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