Law enforcement agencies’ responsibilities during mass demonstrations

With the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on top of Mauna Kea restarting the week of 7/15/19, and the likely protests and acts of civil disobedience that will likely take place in response, the ACLU of Hawaiʻi reached out to local law enforcement with recommendations on how to fulfill their dual responsibilities to both […]

DEMAND LETTER: AS TMT ISSUE RAMPS UP, STATE MUST REASSURE PUBLIC THAT LRAD “SOUND CANNON” WILL NOT BE USED AS A WEAPON AGAINST DEMONSTRATORS

Read the letter with attachments (PDF): ACLU Letter to DLNR re LRAD Re: DLNR’s Acquisition of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) Dear Chairperson Case, Chief Redulla, Governor Ige, and Attorney General Connors: The ACLU of Hawaiʻi Foundation (“ACLU of Hawaiʻi”) has learned that the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (“DLNR”) […]

Column: Hawaii’s asset-forfeiture reforms go long way to restore public trust in police

Originally published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, 5/5/19 By Mandy Fernandes and Carl Bergquist Hawaii’s Legislature has passed House Bill 748, a bill to reform the civil asset forfeiture program, and Gov. David Ige should sign it. Originally designed in the 1970s by the federal government to seize property from organized crime and cartels, asset […]

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 […]