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 […]

Hawaii Support for Marijuana Law Reform Surges

Updated opinion poll: increasing majority favors medical marijuana dispensaries, decriminalization & legalization (Honolulu, 1/31/2014) Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across […]

From Ukraine, with love (for the 1st Amendment!)

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2012 Winter Intern Sergiy Shtukarin (left) is Executive Director at the Ukraine Center for Political Studies. After finishing his time in Hawaii working with the ACLU, he organized an essay contest for Ukranian youth to write about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Members of the ACLU of Hawaii legal team helped judge the contest. Here […]

Opinion poll on Hawaii marijuana laws finds voters open to “legalize, tax & regulate” strategy

Economist estimates state & counties stand to save/ generate an estimated $20M/year through marijuana legalization (Honolulu, Hawaii) With many states decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, where does Hawaii stand? Two new reports commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group (“DPAG”) sought to answer this question, and the latest findings were presented at a January 10, […]