ACLU of Hawai‘i testimony in support of HB 2203 HD 1

One of the 2020 legislative priorities for the ACLU of Hawai‘i is ensuring that all students have access to a fair, quality education. To get there, we support, with suggested amendments, HB 2203 HD 1, a bill that will eliminate school suspensions for elementary students and cap suspensions to 10 days per school year for […]

2019 BOARD ELECTION COMPLETE

Big mahalo to everyone who voted in our recent Board Elections! Elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year volunteer term: Barbara L. Franklin, Rev. Blayne Higa, Jeffrey Hong, and Marianita Lopez. Congratulations and mahalo for your service! They serve along with the other members of Board of Directors, which act as one body and provides stewardship for […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I EXPRESSES FIRST AMENDMENT CONCERNS OVER SUBPOENAS AGAINST KAHEA

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (ACLU of Hawai‘i) has serious concerns that the Department of the Attorney General is abusing its regulatory power over non-profit organizations by investigating KAHEA for supporting the Mauna Kea demonstrations. In the ACLU’s view, targeting nonprofit groups and investigating them for their advocacy and political affiliation […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF LGBTQ+ STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (ACLU of Hawai‘i) is excited to announce the two recipients of the Tom Humphreys and Allan Wang Civil Rights Fund student scholarship: Jessie Hearther as the recipient of the high school portion and Jamie Shugars as recipient of the college/graduate school portion. A resident of Maui and student at the […]

Column: End stigma against incarceration, 1 ohana at a time

Originally published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, 1/14/2020 By Shayna Lonoaea-Alexander When my dad was locked up, I didn’t talk to anyone about it. His absence marked my volleyball games, first days at school, grandma’s cancer treatments, our big family Christmas Eve parties in Wahiawa and Waianae and other countless moments. Yet my fear of […]