ACLU of Hawai‘i Statement on President Trump’s speech 1/19/19

Executive Director Joshua Wisch said: “Hawai‘i is home to tens of thousands of federal workers. We’re also home to refugees and DACA recipients. In his statement today, the President is using their lives as poker chips in his bid to secure billions for a wall that doesn’t stand the independent scrutiny of Congress or the […]

New website under construction!

Please pardon our dust as we prepare over the next few months for our new ACLU of Hawai‘i website, which aims to make it easier than ever to find the information and resources about our civil rights work in Hawai‘i. In the meantime, as we do some cleanup, there may be a few broken links […]

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 […]

American experiment still thrives

By Executive Director Joshua Wisch, as published in the Star Advertiser 7/4/2018. http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/07/04/editorial/island-voices/american-experiment-still-thrives/ 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 […]