ACLU of Hawai‘i Report Shows Current Bail Practices Prioritize Wealth Of The Accused Over Risk To The Community

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: the ACLU of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) has released a study showing that almost half of the people in Hawai‘i jails are pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of the crimes for which they’ve been accused. This preliminary report, called “As Much Justice As You Can Afford – Hawaiiʻs Accused Face an Unequal Bail […]

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Times change, political leaders change, but the American Civil Liberties Union mission remains the same: no matter who is in charge, we’re here to protect and advance civil rights as guaranteed by the U.S. and Hawai‘i State Constitutions. We are non-profit, non-partisan, and do not accept government funding. The ACLU of Hawai‘i was established in […]

A Hawai‘i lawsuit with national implications for reproductive freedom is the topic of June 1st event

“Reproductive Freedom: Policy Trends Affecting Our Rights in Hawai‘i and the Nation” happens Friday, June 1st, at Impact Hub Honolulu RSVPs and/or special accommodations requests appreciated by Wednesday, 5/23. RSVPs are recommended, walkins welcome on a space-available basis. Light refreshments will be served. For free tickets and event details visit: http://rf2018.eventbrite.com Printable flyer (PDF format, […]

ACLU of Hawai’i aims to represent the islands at nationwide civil rights convention this June

Full scholarships to Washington, D.C. event for up to four young adults aged 21-25 from Hawai‘i are available – deadline to apply is May 10th Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) encourages any Hawai‘i resident interested in preserving individual rights and liberties to join the Hawai‘i delegation to the 2018 ACLU […]

The Trump Administration Is Using the Census to Divide Us

The Trump administration announced this week that it will require people to state on their 2020 census forms whether they are United States citizens. While at first blush this may seem fine, in fact it violates the Constitution, discriminates against states with large immigrant communities, and will bias and undermine the results of the census. […]

ACLU of Hawaiʻi Disappointed by DOE Response to Title IX Demand Letter

HONOLULU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i Foundation (“ACLU of Hawai’i”) is disappointed by the response the State of Hawai’i Department of Education (“DOE”) provided yesterday to its February 9, 2018 demand letter relating to Title IX violations in DOE schools. The ACLU of Hawai’i demand letter noted that, according to DOE’s 2016 Statewide […]

ACLU of Hawaiʻi issues demand letter to Hawaiʻi Department of Education

ACLU OF HAWAIʻI DEMANDS HAWAIʻI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION END SEX DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FEMALE ATHLETES HONOLULU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi Foundation (“ACLU of Hawaiʻi”) has sent a letter to the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (“DOE”) demanding it take immediate action to cease sex discrimination against female athletes in DOE schools. On February 7, […]

Hawai‘i ACLU welcomes new board leadership

Marianita Lopez elected as new Board President Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i announced a new slate of all-volunteer officers: Newly elected President Marianita Lopez is a family law attorney based in Hale‘iwa on O‘ahu, She has served on the ACLU of Hawai‘i board since 2007. She takes over for outgoing President […]

Local ACLU Hires New Executive Director

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai‘i announced today that Joshua Wisch will take over the helm next month from long-time executive director, Vanessa Chong, who is retiring. Chong became the organization’s executive director in 1984 and first joined its staff in 1981. The search drew over 100 applicants nationwide. Wisch, who […]

RSVP now for 2017 Annual Meeting and Bill of Rights Day Celebration

Please join us W., 12/13, 5:30p to 7:30p at the Neal Blaidell Center Maui Room! https://acluhi.org/2017mtgborday/ Event poster (please invite your friends!) 2017AnnMtgFlyer2  

ACLU testimony opposing City Council bills expanding sit/lie bans

“Instead of wasting limited public resources enforcing constitutionally infirm bills—which would likely result in costly lawsuits—without actually reducing the number of unsheltered homeless, the ACLU strongly encourages the City and County of Honolulu to reconsider its proposed approach to homelessness. In particular, to meet its constitutional obligations, the County needs to ensure that sufficient and […]