NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FILE SUPREME COURT AMICUS BRIEF IN DEFENSE OF SPEECH AND PRIVACY RIGHTS OF PEOPLE ENGAGING IN POLITICAL ADVOCACY

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: On Friday, March 20, 2020, three nonprofit organizations — the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”), the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu Chapter (“JACL Honolulu”), and the Iwamoto Family Foundation (“IFF”) — filed an amicus brief in the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court in defense of the speech and privacy rights of people […]

CDC GUIDANCE IS TO NOT CLEAR HOUSELESS ENCAMPMENTS DURING SPREAD OF COVID-19

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: Following up on the press release we sent out last week, we received a copy from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. We are told this guidance will soon be posted on the CDC website. Among other things, the guidance clearly states: Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community […]

EXPERTS, OFFICIALS, AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR END OF ‘SWEEPS’ OF HOUSELESS COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”), Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, and public health experts from the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center (“HHHRC”) are warning that the City’s continued “sweeps” of the houseless population during the current COVID-19 pandemic put public safety at greater risk. Lieutenant Governor Josh Green […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I URGES THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO DEVELOP PROACTIVE PLAN FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”) has sent a letter to the Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety (“PSD”) urging it to take immediate action in developing a proactive, evidence-based plan for the prevention and management of COVID-19 in the correctional and detention facilities under PSD’s oversight. People in jails […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I FILES AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING KAHEA’S RIGHTS TO ASSOCIATION AND PRIVACY

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: On Friday, March 3, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (the ACLU of Hawaiʻi) filed an amicus brief in support of KAHEA’s attempt to stop the Department of the Attorney General from enforcing a subpoena for KAHEA’s bank records as part of the AG’s investigation into the environmental non-profit’s support of […]