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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 […]

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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 […]

Statement on dismissal of voting rights lawsuit

Case: Lathers et al. v. Abercrombie et al. Every day, the ACLU works to defend and protect civil rights, including the right to vote.  Every person’s vote is important, and every person who wants to vote should to be able to do so.  Unfortunately, many voters in the Pahoa community were prevented from exercising that […]