Lawsuit: Hawaiiʻs “Preschool Open Doors” Program Violates Separation of Church and State

State must ensure that public monies subsidizing preschool attendance are not used to promote religion. Read the complaint: ACLUvMcManaman HONOLULU, HAWAII – A lawsuit filed Monday, 3/31/14, in the First Circuit Court against the Director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services (“DHS”) charges that, lacking safeguards to ensure that public monies are not being used […]

Rules for Protests at Hawaii State Capitol Challenged as Unconstitutional in Federal Court

Public access to grounds and rotunda, noted in the run-up to 2011 APEC meeting, now an issue for upcoming ASEAN meeting, April 1-2. Read the complaint: Complaint3.27.14 HONOLULU, HAWAII – A federal lawsuit against the State Department of Accounting and General Services (“DAGS”) charges that outdated rules restricting public use of State property (including the […]

Popular “MAUIWatch” Facebook Page Founder Files Federal Lawsuit Against Maui County For Unlawful Attempts to Silence Speech

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HONOLULU, HAWAII – The ACLU of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU”) announced today that a lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) have been filed against Maui County based on the County’s efforts to restrict what Neldon Mamuad may say on his prominent “MAUIWatch” Facebook feed.  The lawsuit asks for a court order declaring the […]

New Federal Lawsuit Charges Maui County with 1st Amendment Violations

Pastor Strat Goodhue and his wife, Doreen Goodhue, were unconstitutionally ordered to leave a Maui County public sidewalk where they were distributing religious literature. Read the complaint: http://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/maui_goodhue_complaint.pdf HONOLULU – Maui County (“County”) is again in federal court, accused of violating the free speech rights of a Maui pastor and his wife.  In October, Pastor […]

Hawai‘i Supreme Court: indigent parents have the right to court-appointed counsel during child welfare proceedings

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Local civil rights advocates praise decision as necessary safeguard for fair court procedure January 7, 2014 HONOLULU – In a unanimous opinion, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled on 1/6/14 that indigent parents have a constitutional right to legal counsel in cases where the State seeks to place their children into the foster care system. Prior […]