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 […]