ACLU OF HAWAI‘I CALLS ON KĀHALA NUI RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO STOP RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

A May 2018 memo illegally forbids residents from accessing Hawaii’s new Medical Aid in Dying law     Read the demand letter: 2018-11-1 Letter to Kahala Nui Read the memorandum: Kahala Nui Memo Kāhala Nui response, 11/13/18: Kahala Senior Living Community Letter to ACLU 2018-11-13 New memorandum to residents: Kahala Senior Living Community Letter to ACLU […]

Oped: Protect State Constitution by voting ‘No’ on ConCon

This oped originally published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Honolulu Civil Beat: https://www.civilbeat.org/2018/10/protect-state-constitution-by-voting-no-on-concon/ By Joshua A. Wisch, Executive Director A number of people have asked me why the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is opposed to holding a state constitutional convention. As one of Hawaii’s leading civil rights advocates, some are curious as […]

OpEd: Stronger schools, not “zero tolerance” are the best way to address bullying

This piece originally ran in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 under the title: “DOE’s bullying policy won’t work” By Rae Shih, Legal Fellow Addressing bullying in Hawaii’s public schools is an important issue. Students have a right to feel safe and welcome when they arrive at school each day; bullying is […]

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 […]