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 […]

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 […]

New Publication: Rights of Hawaiiʻs Homeless

The ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) today announced the publication of a “know your rights” guide (“guide”) for homeless individuals impacted by City & County of Honolulu (“City”) “sweeps” to enforce the Stored Property Ordinance and the Sidewalk Nuisance Ordinance. The ACLU website guide, available at http://tinyurl.com/acluhawaii-homeless, details the rights most often affected during a […]

Stipulation and Exhibit as Entered, Martin v. City & County of Honolulu

https://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/96-2.pdf   https://acluhawaii.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/96-3.pdf

Court Order Requires City to Follow Law: Impound, Not Destroy, Property Seized in Sweeps

Court date of 1/12/16 set for Martin v. City and County of Honolulu Read the Order: MartinVCC_2007523-0–10888-2 HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – In response to new evidence, Federal Judge Helen Gillmor has ordered that the City and County of Honolulu (“City”) must stop “immediately dispos[ing] of any property” under the Sidewalk Nuisance and Stored Property Ordinances (“Ordinances”). […]