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  • 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.

Know Your Rights

You can’t defend your rights if you don’t know them. That’s why we’ve created and assembled information for you about the rights you have as an individual. Get educated with these resources so you can protect your freedoms.

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No matter your immigration status, you have rights when you interact with immigration agents or the police. Print and share these cards in your communities.

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KYR web main law enf buttonFor information on how to handle encounters with police, TSA, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including a video tutorial, check out our Know Your Rights: Law Enforcement page.

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Do you have the right to picket on public sidewalks? Do you need a permit to protest? Learn what your rights are when protesting here.

 

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This Know Your Rights provides information about Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, and what to do if you believe you have been discriminated against by a business because of your sexual orientation.

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Can teachers search your locker whenever they want to? Can your school censor books from the library? Our guide for public school students has the answers.

 

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What are your rights as a pregnant or breastfeeding employee? Find out here.

 

 

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