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.

Youth Rising! Honoring the Next Generation of Civil Rights Activists in Colorado

Please join us on Wednesday, February 25th, for our 2015 Annual Meeting, where we will honor and recognize the students and young people who made 2014 an historic year of youth activism in Colorado.

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Highlands Event Center (Highlands Masonic Lodge)
3550 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Reception at 6 PM, program at 6:30 PM
Click here to RSVP

Last year was marked by significant change in Colorado on marriage equality, marijuana legalization, immigration detainers, and reform of the use of solitary confinement.

One of the most important developments in 2014 was the rise of the next generation of civil rights activists. In communities across the state, young people took to the streets by the thousands to protest police brutality and racial bias in law enforcement. In Jefferson County, hundreds of students staged daily walkouts to oppose censorship and to protect the integrity of their education.

At our 2015 Annual meeting, we will celebrate our recent victories, discuss our upcoming challenges and campaigns, and we’ll honor — and hear directly from — the students and young people who organized, spoke out, and demanded change through activism and peaceful protest last year.

All are welcome to this free event, so please bring your family, friends, and neighbors.

Please RSVP here.

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