OpEd: Criminalizing someone for being poor is wrong, immoral, and – under our laws and constitution –illegal.

This piece originally ran in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on Sunday, October 15 under the title “Homeless have the same rights as the rest of us”: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/10/14/editorial/island-voices/column-homeless-have-same-rights-as-rest-of-us/ By Joshua A. Wisch, Executive Director I’ve spent time in Mother Waldron Park and Waimanalo Beach Park talking story with people who are unsheltered. I work downtown and […]

COMMENT ON THE SIGNING OF BILLS CRIMINALIZING HOMELESSNESS IN HONOLULU

We cannot criminalize our way out of an affordable housing crisis. But that is now the City’s plan. The City Council passed, and Mayor Caldwell has today signed, Bills 51 and 52. These expand on failed policies that cost taxpayers millions of dollars and accomplish nothing to address the root causes of Honolulu’s escalating affordable […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I WARNS HAWAI‘I COUNTY DRIVER’S LICENSE OFFICIALS: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MUSLIM WOMEN VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Hilo woman endures 18-week bureaucratic mess to acquire full driver’s license Read the demand letter: Hawai‘i DMV Letter Companion letters to Honolulu County, Maui County, Kaua‘i County County statement and ACLU of Hawai‘i reply Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The ACLU of Hawai‘i (ACLU) has sent a demand letter to County of Hawai’i government offices that oversee the […]

Civil Rights “Talk Story” Comes to Kaua‘i!

  Talk-Story Kaua‘i Thursday, August 30 2018 5:30-7:30 p.m. St. Michael & All Angels Church (4364 Hardy St., corner of Hardy & Umi) Your RSVP helps us plan refeshments: kauaitalkstory2018.eventbrite.com Able to help us get the word out? Print or email this flyer: 3talk_story_Kauai2018 Please come and please bring a friend! Join Kaua‘i based board […]

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 […]