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.

Tea Series

Join the ACLU of Colorado’s T.E.A. (Training Emerging Activists) series! This educational skills workshop is for youth between 15 – 21 years old. You’ll receive a comprehensive, educational briefing on today’s most pressing civil liberties and civil rights issues like student rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, free speech and more. But we’ll do more than just talk. You’ll also be trained on how to take action to implement change and fight for justice. Whether you’re looking to make change across the country or in the classroom, the T.E.A series provides a space for education, collaboration, and action.

The August series is focused on Student Rights so you can return to class with the knowledge you need to protect your rights in school. ACLU-CO expert staff will facilitate this training.

This is a beginner workshop with no previous knowledge necessary. Just bring your interest in civil liberties and civil rights.
Pizza and RTD bus passes provided.
Please feel welcome to reach out with questions or concerns.

Workshop is from 4 pm – 5:30 pm

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