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.

Vote NO on 76: Outreach Event

Amendment 76 is on the Colorado ballot this November and asks voters to amend the constitution to say “ONLY a citizen” of the US who has attained the age of 18 can vote in ANY Colorado election. The current language says “EVERY citizen.” Through this change, 17 year-old’s would no longer be able to vote in primary elections and there would be a permanent limit on how we vote in Colorado. Amendment 76 is run and funded by a Florida-based organization called Citizen Voters, Inc. who is working to push their anti-immigrant agenda in states across the country.

To defeat this, we need your help. Join us on October 28 at 6 p.m. to reach out to voters across Colorado and let them know we encourage a NO vote on Amendment 76 to stop the anti-immigrant, anti-voter accessibility agenda of this initiative. A training will be provided as well as options for folks who do not wish to make phone calls but wish to help with our outreach.

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