Local ACLU Hires New Executive Director

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai‘i announced today that Joshua Wisch will take over the helm next month from long-time executive director, Vanessa Chong, who is retiring. Chong became the organization’s executive director in 1984 and first joined its staff in 1981. The search drew over 100 applicants nationwide. Wisch, who […]

RSVP now for 2017 Annual Meeting and Bill of Rights Day Celebration

Please join us W., 12/13, 5:30p to 7:30p at the Neal Blaidell Center Maui Room! https://acluhi.org/2017mtgborday/ Event poster (please invite your friends!) 2017AnnMtgFlyer2  

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 […]

ACLU Challenges Federal Restrictions on Abortion Pill

Filed Chelius v. Wright (1) KAUAI, Hawaii — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed suit on behalf of a Hawaii doctor and several professional health care associations to challenge federal restrictions that significantly limit access to medication abortion. The federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii challenges FDA […]

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 […]