ACLU testimony opposing City Council bills expanding sit/lie bans

“Instead of wasting limited public resources enforcing constitutionally infirm bills—which would likely result in costly lawsuits—without actually reducing the number of unsheltered homeless, the ACLU strongly encourages the City and County of Honolulu to reconsider its proposed approach to homelessness. In particular, to meet its constitutional obligations, the County needs to ensure that sufficient and […]

Ten Questions for Honolulu’s Next Chief of Police

Printable PDF version: 10QsHPDchief           5/15/17 VIA CERTIFIED MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL Chair Max J. Sword, Vice Chair Cha Thompson, Commissioner Luella T. Costales, Commissioner Eddie Flores, Jr., Commissioner Steven H. Levinson, Commissioner Loretta Sheehan, Commissioner Mark C. Tilker c/o Executive Officer Honolulu Police Commission 1060 Richards St., Suite 170 Honolulu, […]

Press Conference & Sign Holding for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 2/1/17

Press conference planned, sign holders welcome 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When: February 1, 2017, press conference at noon sharp. Where: U.S. District Court/ Federal Building Front Steps. 300 Ala Moana Blvd. What: Diverse civil groups and organizations, including the Muslim Association of Hawaii, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights, […]

Complaint Seeks Federal Investigation and Intervention Over Unconstitutional Conditions in Hawaii’s Jails and Prisons

Read the complaint: acluhidojcomplaintprisonovercrowding (PDF) Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting a Federal investigation and intervention to force the State of Hawaiʻi to address unconstitutional conditions and overcrowding in its jails and prisons. The ACLU […]

2016 Annual Mtg & Bill of Rights Day Celebration 12/8/16

Bill of Rights Day Celebration highlights civil rights & the Presidency, mass incarceration, and police surveillance. The evening of Th.,12/8/16, join us for a free, public event! Following the Annual Membership Meeting, get breaking updates on the work of your local ACLU, and a conversation on key issues facing Hawai‘i and the nation. SAFEGUARDING CIVIL […]