ACLU Meeting in Honoka'a to Address Community Issues
October 28, 2003
Honolulu - The ACLU of Hawai'i invites supporters and the general public to a meeting in Honoka'a next month to discuss issues of concern to Big Island residents.
The free public forum will be held November 8 at the Hotel Honoka'a Club. ACLU Board member Jory Watland and executive director Vanessa Chong will also brief attendees on drug policy, juvenile justice and the USA PATRIOT Act.
The visit is part of a new program to increase public awareness and civic participation on the neighbor islands over the next several months.
"There are many civil liberties issues which affect our state. We want to hear directly from individuals about their concerns, let them know about the ACLU resources available and how they can take action on their own as well,"said executive director Vanessa Chong.
The ACLU has been critical of attempts to implement drug testing of public school students and more recently has investigated the problems faced by incarcerated juveniles at the Hawai'i Youth Correctional Facility. In addition, the organization is concerned about the threats to fundamental rights caused by the USA PATRIOT Act.
Community feedback will guide the development of the ACLU's litigation, legislative and public education programs for next year.
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