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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 […]

EQUALITY IS MORE THAN JUST LOCKER ROOMS: DOE’S PRESS CONFERENCE HIDES PERSISTENT GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Read the complaint:TitleIX filing Read the DOE answer to the complaint: 24 – DOE Answer Read the DOE scheduling conference statement: 33 – DOE Scheduling Conference Statement Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The State Department of Education (DOE) held a press conference today announcing that Kalani High School is dedicating a new athletic facility, which includes a new girls’ athletic locker room […]

Aloha, Jackie

Hawai‘i is a better place thanks to Jackie Young. During her time as a legislator, a member of the ACLU of Hawaii’s Board of Directors, and just as a proud Hawai’i resident, Jackie took part in many battles to advance civil rights locally. Perhaps none were as important as equal rights and equal treatment for […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I GEARS UP FOR LOCAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WITH ADDITION OF SMART JUSTICE CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR MONICA ESPITIA

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is proud to announce the addition to its team of Monica Espitia, Smart Justice Campaign Director. Monica will be leading the ACLU of Hawaii’s local, on-the-ground Smart Justice work. Hawai’i is participating in the ACLU’s nationwide Smart Justice campaign, an initiative focused on reducing mass incarceration by fifty percent while addressing […]

OpEd: Win or lose, Hawaii keeps fighting for rights

This opinion piece was published 1/20/19 in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/01/20/editorial/insight/win-or-lose-hawaii-keeps-fighting-for-rights/ By Marianita Lopez, Board President As Hawai‘i marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s remember that it’s more than just a day off. Let’s think about how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in realizing his dream. Hawai‘i […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i statement on President Trump’s speech 1/19/19

Executive Director Joshua Wisch said: “Hawai‘i is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. We’re also home to refugees and DACA recipients. In his statement today, the President is using their lives as poker chips in his bid to secure billions for a wall that doesn’t stand the independent scrutiny of Congress or the […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I CONTINUES TO GROW WITH ADDITION OF MANDY FERNANDES AS POLICY DIRECTOR

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is pleased to announce Mandy Fernandes as its new Policy Director. This position is part of the ACLU’s effort to bolster the cause of civil rights in Hawai‘i by increasing its capacity and reach throughout the state. Ms. Fernandes comes to the ACLU of Hawai‘i from the Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network (HCAN), a nonprofit that addresses the root causes of poverty and […]

CIVIL RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES DISAPPOINTED BY CITY’S CONTINUED MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT “SWEEPS” OF HOUSELESS FAMILIES

Groups and individuals representing a broad range of interests and constituencies today released a statement expressing disappointment in the continued “sweeps” of the houseless community – many of whom are families – by the City and County of Honolulu. The statement is as follows: At 3:00 am on New Year’s Eve the City and County […]

CITY OF HONOLULU REFUSES CALL TO CANCEL CHRISTMAS EVE SWEEPS

The property seizure action is planned for 3:00 a.m. 12/24/18 in Waikiki The ACLU of Hawai‘i reached out to the office of the Mayor this weekend, urging the City to reconsider and cancel its planned “sweep” of Waikiki’s houseless community this Christmas Eve. As of 1:30 p.m. today, the City has refused. The ACLU and […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I GROWS WITH THE ADDITION OF K.D. SEGURA AS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is pleased to announce the addition to its team of K.D. Segura, coming on board as Development Director. Her position is part of a strategic expansion by the local ACLU affiliate to build its capacity and reach in order to better protect and advance civil rights for all of the people of Hawai‘i.     Ms. Segura is an activist whose […]

Follow this lawsuit, A.B. v. Hawaii State Department of Education and read the complaint here: https://acluhi.org/hititleixlawsuit2018/