Free, public Maui meetup Th., 1/19/17

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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 call toll free 1-877-544-5906

Can you help us get the word out? Here’s a flyer (PDF): mauiacluflyer2016_u-final

ACLU of Hawai‘i staff will be on hand to discuss, hear your thoughts, and answer questions. We’re bringing three timely topics to the table:

  • SAFEGUARDING CIVIL RIGHTS IN A NEW ADMINISTRATION
    No matter who is President, the ACLU plays a vital role as an independent watchdog ready to push back against government policies that violate or undermine the Constitution. We’ll discuss: With a new administration heading to the White House, what Trump campaign promises are of concern to the ACLU and its supporters? How can civil libertarians stay informed and engaged?
  • COMMUNITY CONTROL OF POLICE SURVEILLANCE
    Often deployed by local police in secret, with minimal oversight and little or no public policy to govern its use – where should surveillance stop?
    We’ll talk about: Is surveillance tech in use by Hawai‘i police? What constitutional concerns are raised? What can go wrong when police use “dragnet” data gathering? How can communities limit surveillance technologies used in local policing?
  • ENDING MASS INCARCERATION IN HAWAI‘I
    The United States is the worldʻs largest jailer. The poor and people of color (including Native Hawaiians) are charged and convicted more often, and with harsher sentences – despite common rates of crime among all races. We’ll cover: Why are so many people caught up in the criminal justice system? What’s it like in Hawaii’s jails & prisons? Can we reduce prison rates in Hawai‘i and keep our communities safe?