ACLU OF HAWAI‘I GEARS UP FOR LOCAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WITH ADDITION OF SMART JUSTICE CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR MONICA ESPITIA

The ACLU of Hawai‘i is proud to announce the addition to its team of Monica Espitia, Smart Justice Campaign Director. Monica will be leading the ACLU of Hawaii’s local, on-the-ground Smart Justice work. Hawai’i is participating in the ACLU’s nationwide Smart Justice campaign, an initiative focused on reducing mass incarceration by fifty percent while addressing […]

OpEd: Win or lose, Hawaii keeps fighting for rights

This opinion piece was published 1/20/19 in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/01/20/editorial/insight/win-or-lose-hawaii-keeps-fighting-for-rights/ By Marianita Lopez, Board President As Hawai‘i marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s remember that it’s more than just a day off. Let’s think about how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in realizing his dream. Hawai‘i […]

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: 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 […]