ACLU of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu Announce Win-Win Settlement On Behalf of Protestors at City Hall (PDF) (12/14/2006)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation ("ACLU of Hawaii") and the City and County of Honolulu ("City") announced today that they have resolved their disputes stemming from the protests by advocates for the homeless at City Hall (Honolulu Hale), which took place from March 27, 2006-April 28, 2006. The settlement reaffirms the basic principle that public spaces such as the grounds of City Hall are open on an equal basis to all who engage in lawful protests regardless of the content of the message or the identity of the messenger.
ACLU of Hawai'i Celebrates National Bill of Rights Day, 12/15/06
Copies of the Bill of Rights Available Free to Public (12/06/2006)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i is offering free copies of the Bill of Rights in celebration of Bill of Rights Day on December 15, marking the 215th anniversary of its ratification.
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ACLU of Hawai'i Seeks to Inform Voters with Televised Discussions, Online Voters' Guide (10/13/2006)
Honolulu, Hawai'i - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i (ACLU) has taken a position on several of the proposed amendments which would impact civil liberties protections. The amendments concern the Hawai'i State Constitution as well as the charters of the City & County of Honolulu, Kaua'i County and Hawai'i County. The Hawai'i League of Women Voters recently hosted and taped a series of discussions on the proposed constitutional amendments.
In Response to Aclu of Hawaii Action Honolulu Prosecutor Drops Criminal Charges against Homeless Advocates (08/14/2006)
Honolulu - In a victory for protest rights and the homeless, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation ("ACLU of Hawaii") announced today that the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney ("DPA") has dropped all criminal charges against Utu Langi and Julia Matsui Estrella, advocates and supporters of the homeless. Langi and Matsui Estrella were arrested on March 28, 2006 for trespassing while peacefully protesting on the grounds of Honolulu Hale ("City Hall"). The ACLU of Hawaii and Rick Sing, a cooperating attorney from the criminal defense firm of Hawk Sing & Ignacio, requested the DPA to dismiss the charges because the advocates were lawfully exercising their constitutional rights to protest in response to the City and County of Honolulu's ("CCH") decision to begin nighttime closure of Ala Moana Beach Park.
ACLU of Hawaii Sues to Protect Public's Right to Free Speech on City Hall Grounds (08/10/2006)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU of Hawaii”) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Reverend Bob Nakata, Reverend Sam Cox and The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii charging that the City and County of Honolulu (“CCH”) violates the rights of protesters when it bans peaceful demonstrations on the grounds of Honolulu Hale (“City Hall”) based solely on the content of the message or the identity of the messenger. The lawsuit also charges that the CCH is discriminating against free speech by subjecting protests by people experiencing homelessness and their advocates to more restrictive conditions than other members of the public.
ACLU of Hawai'i Files Federal Lawsuit Seeking Damages on Behalf of Homeless Advocates Arrested During Peaceful Protest (08/08/2006)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation ("ACLU of Hawaii") filed a federal lawsuit today seeking damages on behalf of advocates for the homeless Utu Langi and Julia Matsui Estrella who were arrested while peacefully protesting at Honolulu Hale ("City Hall"). The lawsuit charges that the City and County of Honolulu ("CCH") and individuals under their control and direction violated the advocates' constitutional rights by illegally citing and then arresting them in order to suppress their peaceful political protest against the CCH.
ACLU of Hawai'i Asks Court to Dismiss Criminal Charges against Advocates for the Homeless (08/02/2006)
Honolulu – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation ("ACLU of Hawaii")announced today that it has filed a motion in criminal court on behalf of two advocates for the homeless arrested for trespassing while peacefully protesting on the grounds of Honolulu Hale ("City Hall"). The motion to dismiss asserts that the protesters were unlawfully arrested while exercisingtheir constitutional rights to assemble and protest. The protesters were opposing the City and County of Honolulu's ("CCH") decision to begin 10:00 PM nightly closure of Ala Moana Beach Park — a decision that callously and suddenly displaced over 200 homeless individuals.
ACLU Hawai'i Files Complaint with Hawai'i Public Utilities Commission (07/15/2006)
The ACLU of Hawaii today joined ACLUs in 22 other states around the country in confronting domestic spying, filing a formal request for investigation by the Hawaii PUC into possible warrantless disclosure to the NSA of Hawaii residents' telephone records by Hawaii telephone carriers.
ACLU of Hawai'i Victorious as Federal Court Strikes Down Pre-Employment Residency Requirement (06/22/2006)
HONOLULU - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU) announced today that federal court Judge David A. Ezra has invalidated the Hawaii pre-employment residency requirement for government jobs finding the law unconstitutional - in violation of the fundamental right to travel. The ACLU and the law firm Davis Levin Livingston Grande originally filed the lawsuit in 2005 to stop enforcement of Section 78- 1(c) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, which barred out-of-state residents from applying for government jobs. Judge Ezra's ruling affects all counties statewide.
Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility to Pay over Half a Million Dollars for "Relentless Campaign of Harassment" of Gay and Transgender Youth
Settlement Reached in ACLU Federal Lawsuit on Youths' Behalf (06/15/2006)
HONOLULU - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i today announced a $625,000 dollar settlement in the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities. The settlement ends an ACLU federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who faced anti-gay and anti-transgender abuse and harassment at the facility by staff and their peers.
Judge Blasts Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility for Pervasive Harassment of Gay and Transgender Youth
Issues Findings in ACLU Federal Lawsuit on Youths' Behalf (02/08/2006)
Honolulu - In the first case in the country to specifically address the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in juvenile facilities, a federal judge has agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union that conditions at the Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) are dangerous, that harassment is pervasive, and that the facility is "in a state of chaos."
Federal Court to Stop Enforcement of Statewide Residency Requirement for Jobs (02/02/2006)
Honolulu - In a ruling that the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii hailed as long overdue, federal court Judge David Ezra yesterday granted the ACLU's request for a preliminary injunction, which will stop the enforcement of the statewide pre-employment residency requirement. The requirement prevented countless numbers of individuals from even applying for government jobs in Hawaii because they were not yet residents. The ruling affects all government positions with the State and the City and County of Honolulu.
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