Eight to Watch – April 2017

The 2017 Legislature is well underway. Bills are heading now into conference committee where final amendments and testimony will be deliberated prior to floor votes and (for bills that pass) ultimately the Governor’s desk. While several measures are on our radar, we are taking special effort to urge lawmakers to uphold civil liberties through their […]

State and Counties urged to put Hawaii’s values, communities, and Constitution first: refuse involvement with Trump’s immigration policies

ACLU warns the Counties and State of Hawaiʻi of significant risks associated with being part of Trump’s deportation force State of Hawai‘i letter Honolulu City Council letter Kaua‘i County letter Maui County letter Hawai‘i County letter Honolulu, Hawai‘i: In the face of growing Federal pressure for local law enforcement to get drafted in Trump’s deportation […]

Legislative program mid-session report now online

https://acluhi.org/2017-mid-session-report/ As of Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Hawai’i State Legislature reached First Crossover—the deadline for bills to pass Third Reading and move over to the Second House. It is also the last day for a final vote to be taken on a measure in the house of origin. A few of ACLU of Hawaii’s […]

Court Blocks Trump’s New Muslim Ban

HONOLULU — A federal court in Hawai‘i has temporarily blocked President Trump’s new Muslim ban executive order before it was set to take effect one minute after midnight. In another challenge, the American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations were in U.S District Court in Maryland today also asking the ban be halted. Omar Jadwat, […]

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, […]