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50 Years of Service in Hawai‘i Nei

Aloha! The ACLU of Hawai‘i turns 50 this year — wow! Our mission to protect fundamental rights for all people would not be possible without extraordinary support from the local community.  As a private non-profit, your ACLU delivers legal, legislative and public education services everyday at no cost to the public. We do not accept […]

Sold Out Davis Levin First Amendment Conference Plans Statewide Simulcast

EVENT IS SOLD OUT • NO WAITLIST • NO WALKINS Live conversation with Edward Snowden (via video link from Moscow, Russia) and his attorney, Ben Wizner to be simulcast statewide and to web Watch live, Saturday, 2/14/15 noon to 1:30 p.m., HST: Akakū Maui Community Media: Channel 55 Nā Leo ‘O Hawai‘i Community Access Television […]

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ACLU-Hawai‘i co-sponsors screening of Albie Sachs biopic “Soft Vengeance” 2/8/15

Sat., February 7, to Sun. February 22, 2015: Hawaii Museum of Art Doris Duke Theater. The Hawaii Museum of Art presents: The 4th Annual African American Film Festival. Various dates and times. Fee to attend. For more information and ticket purchase: http://honolulumuseum.org/14862-4th_annual_honolulu_african_american_film_festival The Sun. February 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. screening of “Soft Vengeance“, the inspirational […]

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Edward Snowden LIVE via video link at upcoming Davis Levin First Amendment Conference

Can democracy survive secrecy? What is the future of the First Amendment in a surveillance society? These questions will be the focus of a rare and provocative public discussion at the Davis Levin First Amendment Conference (“Conference”) happening Saturday, February 14th, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Edward Snowden’s release of […]

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2014 Bill of Rights Day Celebration & Annual Meeting set for Sat., 12/13/14

On Saturday, December 13th, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Crossroads Weaver Hall, the ACLU convenes its Bill of Rights Day Celebration – free, open to the public and ADA-accessible. Topics include breaking developments in civil rights, program updates, and discussion about upcoming challenges in Hawaii as the ACLU gears up […]

Improved housing protection for Hawai‘i Medical Marijuana patients becomes law 11/1/14

10/30/14 – Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i (“MCCHI”) welcomes the enactment of Act 60, which, as of 11/1/14, voids provisions in Hawai‘i rental agreements that previously would have allowed eviction of a tenant based on their status as a registered patient with Hawaiiʻs medical marijuana program. Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i and […]

First Amendment Victory in Kona “Panhandling” Case

Judge grants temporary restraining order against Hawaii County HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – Advocates declare a victory for freedom of speech as United States District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway entered a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against Hawai‘i County. The TRO prohibits Hawai‘i County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless […]

State Settles Lawsuit, Will Revise Rules for Demonstrations at State Capitol and other state properties

Plaintiffs call settlement “A win for freedom of speech” Read the settlement agreement: 17 Stipulation to Dismiss with Prejudice and Order HONOLULU, HI – 9/18/14 – Advocates are pleased with the promise of new rules for free speech activities on state land – including at the State Capitol – in the wake of a federal […]

Input Sought on Youth Rights Guide for Hawaii’s Public and Charter School Students

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation today unveiled a prototype of the Youth Rights Guide (“Guide”) – a ”know your rights” resource for people under the age of 18 in Hawaii. The Guide was released at Journalism Day – a yearly gathering of working reporters mentoring Hawaii’s student journalists held at the University […]

County of Hawai‘i Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Panhandling Laws

Case to be heard by Judge Mollway on Friday, 9/19/14, 9:30 a.m. Complaint: 1-0 Complaint Motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO):2-0 Motion for TRO Motion in support of the TRO: 2-1 Memo ISO TRO County’s memo in opposition to Motion for a TRO: 10-0 Memo in Opposition to TRO Reply to County’s memo in […]