Eight to Watch – April 2017

The 2017 Legislature is well underway. Bills are heading now into conference committee where final amendments and testimony will be deliberated prior to floor votes and (for bills that pass) ultimately the Governor’s desk. While several measures are on our radar, we are taking special effort to urge lawmakers to uphold civil liberties through their […]

2013 Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge is On!

Our 3rd annual haiku challenge is on! People in Hawaii and around the world are invited to flex their poetic skills in reflection on the U.S. Constitutionʻs Bill of Rights – celebrating the 222nd anniversary of its ratification. Join the challenge here: https://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/bor_hc/

New report documents nationwide racial, economic disparities in incarceration

“The reasoning is clear: the combination of excessive incarceration and harsh punishment is a blunt instrument for social control that perpetuates the country’s painful, historical legacy of injustice and inequality, and deprives masses of black and brown people unfairly of freedom and opportunity. It is the site of today’s civil rights struggle.” http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/ending-mass-incarceration-charting-new-justice-reinvestment

ACLU of Hawai‘i Seeks Nominations for 2012 Youth Award

Hawai‘i youth up to the age of 21 eligible for $1000 civil liberties prize Please share and help us get the word out! The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation’s Guardians of Liberty and Justice Youth Award honors young people who have taken a stand and made a difference in the defense of individual rights. Nominations for the 2012 […]

2011 legal report

Each year, hundreds of individuals contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii seeking legal help.  Although we can only take a small handful of cases, we review and respond to every inquiry.  Many civil liberties problems are resolved informally by telephone calls, letters, and negotiations with government officials. For non-civil liberties matters, we make […]