ACLU OF HAWAII’S RESPONSE TO THIS MORNING’S ACTION AT MAUNA KEA

The State has said it wants to be a good steward of Mauna Kea — that it believes cultural access *and* the telescopes can co-exist there. Today’s reports (if true) of access to the mountain now being summarily denied to all but State personnel and contractors — at the exclusion of even Native Hawaiian practitioners […]

COURT DOCUMENTS REVEAL DOE CHOOSING LEGAL MANEUVERING OVER GENDER EQUITY

Read our motion asking the court to amend our complaint so we could add an additional plaintiff:   69-1 – Memorandum in Support Read the DOE’s reply opposing that motion:  77. DOE Opposition to Motion to Amend[1] Our reply to the DOE motion: 78 – Reply in Support of Motion for Leave to File 1st […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i Comments on Proposed Rules regarding Public and ‘Commercial Activities on Mauna Kea Lands’

Read the proposed rules: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/02/12/university-seeks-comments-informal-draft-maunakea-rules/ Read the ACLU of Hawaiiʻs latest testimony: ACLU Comments on Proposed Rules TMT to UH 6.3.19 FINAL Yesterday, the ACLU of Hawai‘i testified at a public hearing at Mānoa Elementary School regarding the proposed chapter 20-26, Hawaii Administrative Rules, entitled “Public and Commercial Activities on Mauna Kea Lands.” The ACLU of […]

Column: Hawaii’s asset-forfeiture reforms go long way to restore public trust in police

Originally published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, 5/5/19 By Mandy Fernandes and Carl Bergquist Hawaii’s Legislature has passed House Bill 748, a bill to reform the civil asset forfeiture program, and Gov. David Ige should sign it. Originally designed in the 1970s by the federal government to seize property from organized crime and cartels, asset […]

BILL TO REFORM “POLICING FOR PROFIT” DESERVING OF GOVERNOR IGE’S SIGNATURE

HONOLULU, HI – The Hawai‘i State Legislature has sent HB748 HD2 SD2 — a bill that would significantly reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture program — to Governor Ige for his signature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i (ACLU of Hawai‘i) and Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i (DPFH), both of which  supported HB748, have […]