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 […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I CONTINUES TO GROW WITH ADDITION OF MANDY FERNANDES AS POLICY DIRECTOR

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is pleased to announce Mandy Fernandes as its new Policy Director. This position is part of the ACLU’s effort to bolster the cause of civil rights in Hawai‘i by increasing its capacity and reach throughout the state. Ms. Fernandes comes to the ACLU of Hawai‘i from the Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network (HCAN), a nonprofit that addresses the root causes of poverty and […]

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 […]

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 […]