Bill of Rights Free to Public (12/13/2005)
Honolulu – The ACLU of Hawai'i is offering free copies of the Bill of Rights in celebration of Bill of Rights Day on December 15. With the USA PATRIOT Act up for reauthorization, the local ACLU wants folks to get more aware of their rights or risk permanently losing them.
ACLU Class Action Lawsuit Targets Brutal Conditions At The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (10/24/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii filed a federal civil rights class action lawsuit today on behalf of all wards who have been or will be forced to endure brutal conditions at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) because the State has failed to take remedial actions after it became aware of widespread and systemic problems.
ACLU Asks Court to Require Immediate Action to Stop Harassment of Gay and Transgender Youth at Hawai'i Juvenile Detention Facility (10/04/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court to order the state's juvenile detention facility to take immediate action to halt harassment and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender wards. The ACLU's motion for a preliminary injunction aims to force Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) to implement policies and training to protect LGBT youth in its care.
ACLU of Hawaii Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Gala Awards Dinner Sunday, 9/25/05 (09/08/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai‘i celebrates 40 years of protecting the Bill of Rights statewide with a gala fundraising event on September 25 featuring a keynote address by renowned author, security critic and commentator Bruce Schneier. Three awards will be also presented to local individuals for outstanding work to promote civil liberties awareness. The event will occur at the Renaissance Waikiki Ilikai Hotel beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Citing Shocking Incidents of Harassment of Gay Youth, ACLU Files Federal Civil Lawsuit against Hawaii Juvenile Detention Facility (09/02/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three young people who say they have been abused and harassed because of their sexual orientation and gender identity while at the state’s juvenile detention facility.
ACLU of Hawaii Hails Hawaii Supreme Court Victory Invalidating Ballot Question As Unconstitutional (09/02/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU of Hawaii) today cheered a decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidating Ballot Question 1 of the 2004 general election because of significant procedural errors made by the state Legislature.
ACLU Urges State to Act on Department of Justice Findings on Youth Correctional Facility (08/12/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU) urged State officials to act immediately on the findings released today about the Department of Justice’s investigation into conditions and practices at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) many of which were problems uncovered by an earlier ACLU investigation.
ACLU of Hawaii Expands Lawsuit To Invalidate Statewide Residency Requirement for Jobs (07/07/2005)
HONOLULU— The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU) announced today that it has expanded its federal civil rights class action lawsuit concerning Hawaii’s residency hiring requirement. The ACLU is representing two Florida residents who tried to apply for City and County of Honolulu and State jobs, including a retired military officer who relocated to Oahu.
U.S. Attorney Retracts Threat of Prosecution After Receiving Demand from ACLU of Hawaii State Affirms Doctors Have Constitutional Right to Recommend Medical Marijuana (06/13/2005)
HONOLULU - The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii today said it appreciated the “clarification” of comments by U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo regarding doctors who recommend medical marijuana to their patients.
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Program: Alive
ACLU of Hawaii Demands Immediate Retraction from U.S. Attorney in Hawaii
Doctors Still Have Constitutional Right to Recommend Medical Marijuana (06/08/2005)
HONOLULU – The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (ACLU) demanded in a letter today that U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo immediately retract comments threatening to arrest doctors who recommend medical marijuana to their patients.
ACLU Youth Award Winners Announced (05/23/2005)
Honolulu - The ACLU of Hawai'i today announced that two Kamehameha Schools students who started a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at the private school and a Pahoa High and Intermediate School senior are recipients in the third annual Guardians of Liberty and Justice Youth Awards.
Joint Statement By The ACLU Of Hawai'i, The Interfaith Alliance Hawai'i And Kokua Council
Groups Urge Legislature To Heed Community's Demand To Repeal Act 50 "The Squatter's Law" (04/21/2005)
Honolulu - HB806, the bill to repeal Act 50, the law that its opponents say criminalizes homelessness, has passed unanimously in the Senate and is ready to go to a House-Senate conference committee. Although the House has already chosen its conferees, Senate President Robert Bunda has thus far refused to appoint conferees from the Senate side.
ACLU Annual Meeting Invites Public to Know Their Rights (04/12/2005)
Honolulu - The ACLU of Hawai'i is inviting the public to attends its annual meeting April 21 which will be a briefing on legislative, legal and public education actions statewide to protect the Bill of Rights.
Joint Statement by Community Alliance on Prisons and the ACLU of Hawai'i Calls Upon Community to Press Governor and Department of Public Safety to Mount a Thorough and Independent Investigation of Growing Scandal at Brush Prison in Colorado (03/24/2005)
Honolulu - The growing scandal at the Brush Correctional Facility holding women inmates from Hawai'i requires an immediate, independent and thorough investigation. In the latest development, we have learned today that Hawai'i inmates are being denied phone calls to their attorney.
Tom Gill Scholar Winner From Hakipu'u Charter School Will Work on Legislative Issues (02/14/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai’i announced today that Raquel "Honey-girl" Hoe-Pedro, an 11-th grader from the windward charter school Hakipu'u Learning Center, is the first recipient of its Thomas P. Gill Scholar award and will work with the ACLU during the current legislative session.
State Settlement Reached with ACLU Over Incarceration of Innocent Individuals (02/10/2005)
Honolulu - The State of Hawai`i has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a class action federal civil rights lawsuit brought on behalf of hundreds of innocent individuals who were wrongly detained by the State Department of Public Safety (PSD) after being ordered released by the courts and, in some cases, subjected to unconstitutional strip and body cavity searches without legal justification.
Former Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr and ACLU National President Nadine Strossen to Debate at Davis Levin First Amendment Conference March 26
Fourth ACLU Conference Focuses on Threats to First Amendment and other Fundamental Freedoms in Post-9/11 World (02/09/2005)
Honolulu - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Hawai'i Foundation is sponsoring the fourth Davis Levin First Amendment Conference, this year focusing on the threats to fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in a post-9/11 America.
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