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 […]

A Hawai‘i lawsuit with national implications for reproductive freedom is the topic of June 1st event

“Reproductive Freedom: Policy Trends Affecting Our Rights in Hawai‘i and the Nation” happens Friday, June 1st, at Impact Hub Honolulu RSVPs and/or special accommodations requests appreciated by Wednesday, 5/23. RSVPs are recommended, walkins welcome on a space-available basis. Light refreshments will be served. For free tickets and event details visit: http://rf2018.eventbrite.com Printable flyer (PDF format, […]

ACLU of Hawai‘i Report Shows Current Bail Practices Prioritize Wealth Of The Accused Over Risk To The Community

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: the ACLU of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) has released a study showing that almost half of the people in Hawai‘i jails are pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of the crimes for which they’ve been accused. This preliminary report, called “As Much Justice As You Can Afford – Hawaiiʻs Accused Face an Unequal Bail […]

Ten Questions for Honolulu’s Next Chief of Police

Printable PDF version: 10QsHPDchief 11/28/17 Response from Honolulu Police Commission: HNLPoliceCommissionResponse           5/15/17 VIA CERTIFIED MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL Chair Max J. Sword, Vice Chair Cha Thompson, Commissioner Luella T. Costales, Commissioner Eddie Flores, Jr., Commissioner Steven H. Levinson, Commissioner Loretta Sheehan, Commissioner Mark C. Tilkerc/o Executive Officer Honolulu Police Commission […]

Legislative program mid-session report now online

https://acluhi.org/2017-mid-session-report/ As of Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Hawai’i State Legislature reached First Crossover—the deadline for bills to pass Third Reading and move over to the Second House. It is also the last day for a final vote to be taken on a measure in the house of origin. A few of ACLU of Hawaii’s […]