2013 Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge is On!

Our 3rd annual haiku challenge is on! People in Hawaii and around the world are invited to flex their poetic skills in reflection on the U.S. Constitutionʻs Bill of Rights – celebrating the 222nd anniversary of its ratification. Join the challenge here: http://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/bor_hc/

Save the date! “Love Makes a Family” community picnic, 10/27

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Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, 10/27/13, Entertainment, a relaxing afternoonʻs picnic, and hope for powerful, positive change come together at this event. Individuals, labor, faith, non-profits, business – weʻre all coming together in the true spirit of aloha and ‘ohana on the lawn and in the rotunda surrounding the Hawaii State Capitol. This pa‘ina, the […]

New report documents nationwide racial, economic disparities in incarceration

“The reasoning is clear: the combination of excessive incarceration and harsh punishment is a blunt instrument for social control that perpetuates the country’s painful, historical legacy of injustice and inequality, and deprives masses of black and brown people unfairly of freedom and opportunity. It is the site of today’s civil rights struggle.” http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/ending-mass-incarceration-charting-new-justice-reinvestment

ACLU lawsuit: Hawaii Department of Public Safety in violation of “open records” law

Suit filed after State stonewalls release of records in wrongful death lawsuits against Corrections Corporation of America Read the complaint: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/complaint_and_summons.pdf Honolulu, HI – April 11, 2013 – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU”) filed a lawsuit in First Circuit Court today on behalf of the law firm Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, […]

ACLU of Hawaii on media shield law

Statement by Daniel M. Gluck, Senior Staff Attorney, 4/4/13 “The ACLU of Hawaii supports removing the sunset provision in the current media shield law and making that law permanent.  The law has worked well for the last five years, and both the ACLU and the Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Rules of Evidence believe […]