Criminalizing poverty, survival & homelessness: City Council Bills 51 and 52

Bill 51 (O‘ahu wide sit/lie ban) and 52 (criminalizing “lodging” on City sidewalks) were both up for first reading at the Honolulu City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 11 2018 at Kapolei Hale.  The ACLU of Hawai‘i submitted opposition testimony on both measures. These passed first reading, and public hearings will follow.  Please follow us […]

ACLU Hawai‘i: Mahalo Governor Ige for allowing Police Standards bill to become law

UPDATE 7/10/18: We did it! The ACLU of Hawai’i thanks Governor Ige for allowing HB 2071, which will create a law enforcement standards board, to become law. By listening to the concerns of the people – and their representatives who passed this bill unanimously – the Governor has done the right thing. His action today […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i thanks elections officials: proclamation lets Hawai‘i Island voters register and vote in person on election day

The State Chief Elections Officer and the Hawai’i County Clerk have responded to a demand letter from the ACLU of Hawai’i. That letter expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the Office of Elections’ original voting plan for precincts 4-03 and 4-04, which did not allow for in-person voting and registration on election day. Both of […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i seeking applicants to join its leadership team

The ACLU of Hawai‘i has announced two new leadership roles for the affiliate. It will be hiring a Smart Justice Campaign Director to lead Hawaii’s Smart Justice campaign, which is part of a coordinated, nationwide effort to halve incarceration rates and confront systemic racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. The affiliate is also hiring a Development Director to build its capacity at a time when civil […]

American experiment still thrives

By Executive Director Joshua Wisch, as published in the Star Advertiser 7/4/2018. America is an experiment and experiments are messy things. By their nature, experiments upset the status quo, the world as it is. They can be frightening. They can be dangerous. They can be divisive.But they cannot fail. Not really. As Thomas Edison noted after being […]