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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 […]

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Body cameras = law enforcement transparency. Let us continue to keep them accountable. Act now!

The ACLU of Hawai‘i needs your help to pass comprehensive statewide police body camera legislation. We’re asking you to submit testimony in support of S.B. 421, S.D. 1, a bill creating detailed and transparent policies regarding the use of police body-worn cameras and public disclosure of footage. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, […]

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ACLU Launches Grassroots Mobilization Platform – Kickoff Event 3/11/17

Program Aims to Organize Resistance to President Trump We hope the people of Hawai‘i will join the PeoplePower movement. Detailed instructions are below. For more information about how to hold your own houseparty, or to let us know if you are holding one, please contact Kit Grant at kgrant@acluhawaii.org or call (808) 522-5904. Mahalo!   […]

ACLU-Hawaii opinion piece: Travel ban – it’s poor policy and offensive

On Sunday, 2/12, the Star Advertiser ran a series of three opinion pieces about the recent executive orders on immigration and refugees, which have been rightly reversed by our courts. The ACLU of Hawaii submitted one of the pieces, alongside another pro-immigrant/pro-refugee piece and a pro-travel ban piece by a local legislator. These are behind […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i joins nationwide FOIA

Read the 2/2/17 filing: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/cbp-foia-filing-trump-immigration-ban?redirect=cbp-foia-filing-trump-immigration-ban 2/3/17 Addendum: sf-office-cbp-foia-amendment 50 ACLU affiliates filed 18 coordinated Freedom of Information Act requests today with local U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban at over 55 international airports across the country, acting in violation of federal […]

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Local coalition forms in support of immigrant, refugee rights

Read/print the statement here as a PDF: joint-statement A broad local coalition-in-formation issued a statement today on the steps of the Federal Building in Honolulu, Hawaii – opposing the executive orders on immigration. Presenters included: ACLU of Hawaii, Muslim Association of Hawaii, Japanese American Citizenʻs League, Honolulu Chapter, or the Interfaith alliance. “A JOINT STATEMENT […]

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Press Conference & Sign Holding for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 2/1/17

Press conference planned, sign holders welcome 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When: February 1, 2017, press conference at noon sharp. Where: U.S. District Court/ Federal Building Front Steps. 300 Ala Moana Blvd. What: Diverse civil groups and organizations, including the Muslim Association of Hawaii, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights, […]

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Complaint Seeks Federal Investigation and Intervention Over Unconstitutional Conditions in Hawaii’s Jails and Prisons

Read the complaint: acluhidojcomplaintprisonovercrowding (PDF) Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting a Federal investigation and intervention to force the State of Hawaiʻi to address unconstitutional conditions and overcrowding in its jails and prisons. The ACLU […]

Free ACLU Device Defense Kit

While supplies last! A little gift to help thwart Big Brother. Get our FREE ACLU Device Defense Kit: a nifty set of ACLU-branded removable/reusable covers for your device cameras, and a jolly red sticker to let the world know how you feel about illegal search and seizure. Get one for you, one for a friend! […]

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Free, public Maui meetup Th., 1/19/17

Join ACLU Hawai‘i for a civil rights discussion on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Ka Lama 103. Hosted by the ACLU of Hawai‘i, the UHMC Human Services Department, and Maui Peace Action. Light refreshments, ADA-accessible. Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs help us plan: office@acluhawaii.org, or […]