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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.

Pueblo County ACLU Chapter on the move

Pueblo Organizes and Demands Cessation to Governmental Abuses of Power


Actively organizing to protect our civil liberties, fired up Pueblo County ACLU of Colorado Chapter hosted its first Annual Members Meeting last night at the Historic Pueblo Union Depot.

Nearly 75 people gathered to listen to Lisa Graves, ACLU Senior Counsel for Legislative Strategy in Washington D.C, speak on important issues surrounding constitutionally protected rights, the result of the Patriot Act, and post-9/11 policies. Governmental infringements, such as, National Security Agency (NSA) spying, torture, and government secrecy, were discussed in detail.

Graves’ expertise deepened the understanding of the blatant executive offences and fueled motivation to take a stand. In her speech, she explained that whether or not the country is in a time of war, the Constitution does not protect executive warrantless spying, illegal search and seizures, nor can the president, as he sees fit, supercede civil rights.

“What is happening in Washington, is that a small group of individuals don’t care about the Constitution” said Graves. “It seems as though we are reaching a boiling point. The Right, the Left, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and progressives have had enough.”

The more than 250 ACLU members in and surrounding Pueblo area agree and have already began to contact Congressional officials demanding a stop to adhering to illegal activities. The Pueblo Chapter recently participated in a statewide ACLU of Colorado Demand the Facts petition drive. More than 1800 petition signatures were delivered to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week demanding an investigation into telecommunication companies alleged practice of divulging Coloradoans private phone records to the NSA.

The Annual Meeting further developed the Pueblo County Chapter’s three committees. Attendees were more than excited to participate in several upcoming activities such as the Education Committee’s forums on November ballot initiatives or the Policy Committee’s Get Out and Vote Drive. The Chapter will be working on projects in 14 Southeastern Counties where volunteers and new members are always welcome.

About the ACLU of Colorado
The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and preserving the principles of the Bill of Rights through litigation, advocacy and public education.  The ACLU Foundation of Colorado works to protect the rights of all Coloradans.

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