ACLU of Hawai’i aims to represent the islands at nationwide civil rights convention this June

Full scholarships to Washington, D.C. event for up to four young adults aged 21-25 from Hawai‘i are available – deadline to apply is May 10th Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) encourages any Hawai‘i resident interested in preserving individual rights and liberties to join the Hawai‘i delegation to the 2018 ACLU […]

The Trump Administration Is Using the Census to Divide Us

The Trump administration announced this week that it will require people to state on their 2020 census forms whether they are United States citizens. While at first blush this may seem fine, in fact it violates the Constitution, discriminates against states with large immigrant communities, and will bias and undermine the results of the census. […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i Report Shows Current Bail Practices Prioritize Wealth Of The Accused Over Risk To The Community

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: the ACLU of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) has released a study showing that almost half of the people in Hawai‘i jails are pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of the crimes for which they’ve been accused. This preliminary report, called “As Much Justice As You Can Afford – Hawaiiʻs Accused Face an Unequal Bail […]

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 […]

Op-ed: Looking past the repeal of DACA, the fight for the soul of our country starts at home

We stand with all immigrants and their families in Hawai‘i and across America. The administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a low blow to our communities and values. In a fast rebuke to the decision, Hawai‘i has joined a coalition of 16 states in a lawsuit to protect DACA […]