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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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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 […]

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2016 Annual Mtg & Bill of Rights Day Celebration 12/8/16

Bill of Rights Day Celebration highlights civil rights & the Presidency, mass incarceration, and police surveillance. The evening of Th.,12/8/16, join us for a free, public event! Following the Annual Membership Meeting, get breaking updates on the work of your local ACLU, and a conversation on key issues facing Hawai‘i and the nation. SAFEGUARDING CIVIL […]

Deadline for mailed voter registration extended to comply with federal law

For more information, please visit our 2016 Voting Rights Guide online! The ACLU of Hawaiʻi learned that Monday, October 10, 2016, Hawaii’s deadline for voter registration applications for the upcoming General Election, also happened to fall on a Federal holiday (Discoverers’ Day) with no mail service. The Hawaiʻi Office of Elections, noting the conflicting dates, […]

New report details nationwide police use of facial recognition software

Read the report: https://www.perpetuallineup.org/ National ACLU statement: https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-urges-justice-department-investigate-police-use-face-recognition Together with the ACLU national office and other affiliates, we welcome the Center on Privacy & Technology and Georgetown Law’s comprehensive report on government use of facial recognition technology in the United States. The report reveals that local governments’ use of this technology is—like the use of […]

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Petition to protect free speech of Dakota Access Pipeline protestors

SIGN THE PETITION: https://action.aclu.org/secure/nd-standing-rock-sioux-tribe?ms=fb_160920_aff_ND_free_speech The ACLU has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities. We recognize the vital roles peaceful protest, nonviolent civil disobedience, and activism play in defending our civil and human rights.  ACLU of Hawai‘i stands with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allied indigenous […]

Property lost during Honolulu homeless sweeps? Information on filing a claim, legal notices

To view the full site, visit: https://acluhi.org/homelessness-in-the-city-county-of-honolulu-know-your-rights/ Generally, you are included in the class if you were homeless or formerly homeless and your property was seized and destroyed by the City and County of Honolulu, and may be eligible to file your own claim for compensation. The class-wide settlement of the lawsuit Martin v. City […]

Urgent Action: Social Media Privacy Bill (HB 1739)

JULY 2016 UPDATE: H.B. 1739 was vetoed by the Governor. We look forward to more bills to advance privacy rights in the next legislative session. Tell Governor Ige: Protect my social media privacy! Governor David Ige has indicated that he may veto H.B. 1739; This bill would make it illegal for employers to force employees […]

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ACLU Hawaii publishes 2016 voting rights guide

The right to vote is fundamental, and the ACLU works throughout the nation to defend it for all. We have updated our Hawai‘i-specific Voting Rights Guide for the 2016 elections, please review and give us your feedback. The ACLU is strictly non-partisan, we never endorse any candidates or parties. UPDATE 7/20/16: Free copies are available […]

POLICE BODY CAM BILL (SB 2411) UPDATE 5/5/16: Mahalo for supporting the ACLU of Hawaii’s efforts to bring much-needed transparency to policing practices in our state! The police body camera bill, S.B. 2411, would have set the best, most comprehensive policies of any body camera law in the nation. Unfortunately, this bill was met with […]