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ACLU settles free speech lawsuit with Hawaii County

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation and the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston today announced a settlement of a lawsuit that challenged Hawai‘i County’s laws prohibiting individuals from holding signs asking for help.

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County lawsuit over pre-employment urinalysis settled

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation and the law firm of Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Kane & Carr today announced settlement of a lawsuit against Hawai‘i County over its practice of urinalyses and other invasive medical screenings as a condition of employment. The County will cease the practice, except for the approximately 3% […]

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Judge grants TRO against county

MEDIA RELEASE Advocates declare a victory for freedom of speech as U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway entered a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against Hawaii County. The TRO prohibits Hawaii County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless Please Help”) by the side of the road. Guy was […]

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County faces challenge to panhandling laws

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii County laws prohibiting expressive activity run afoul of the right to free speech, according to a lawsuit filed September 8 in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation (“ACLU”) and Davis Levin Livingston on behalf of plaintiff Justin Guy. On June 3, 2014, Guy held a sign saying […]

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State Supreme Court dismisses election lawsuit

Hawaii 24/7 Staff The state Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii over the Primary Election. In its ruling issued Thursday, the court found it did not have statutory or constitutional jurisdiction or authority to grant the relief sought by ACLU. According to the lawsuit, six […]

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Election challenged in Hawaii Supreme Court

MEDIA RELEASE A lawsuit filed Thursday, Aug. 21 by Pahoa residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation asks the State Supreme Court to allow any registered voter affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast a vote that will be included in the August 2014 primary results. The lawsuit also asks the Court […]

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Poll: Support for marijuana law reform surges

MEDIA RELEASE Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across the board. Prominent local polling firm QMark Research conducted a statewide, statistically […]

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Hawaii Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Hilo

MEDIA RELEASE In a case to be heard Thursday, Dec. 5, a group of public service law organizations wants the Hawaii Supreme Court to establish a uniform policy that would guarantee legal assistance for all indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings. “In the Interest of TM” is to be heard at 8:45 a.m. Thursday […]

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Advocates hail measure to modernize medical marijuana law

MEDIA RELEASE Patient advocates celebrated the signing of two bills to improve Hawaii’s 13-year-old medical marijuana program – the first updates to pass the legislature since the program began. Approved Tuesday were measures to move program oversight away from the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) and to the Department of Health (DOH), […]

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Poll: Voters open to legalize, tax, regulate marijuana

MEDIA RELEASE With many states decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, where does Hawaii stand? Two new reports commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group (“DPAG”) sought to answer this question, and the latest findings were presented at a Jan. 10 Honolulu press conference. Barbara Ankersmit, president of QMark Research shared the results of a statewide […]

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ACLU releases Hawaii Voting Rights Guides

MEDIA RELEASE The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation has published a set of printable guides to inform Hawaii residents of their rights under the law to participate in the upcoming General Election. Executive Director Vanessa Chong said: “Voting is a core American value. Itʻs a right, not a privilege. Nationwide, states are dealing […]

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ACLU Hawaii files lawsuit over right to marry

ACLU Hawaii files lawsuit over right to marry

MEDIA RELEASE Charging officials of the state Department of Public Safety with unlawful discrimination in deciding who has the right to marry, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of four women who submitted multiple marriage applications and were banned from being able […]

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Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15

Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, Dec. 15 marks Bill of Rights Day! The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii celebrates the 220th anniversary of its ratification, offers free copies of the Bill of Rights to the public, and invites the public to contribute poems to the second annual “Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge.” Get free copies […]

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ACLU seeks details on government phone tracking

ACLU seeks details on government phone tracking

MEDIA RELEASE In a massive coordinated information-seeking campaign, 34 American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the nation today are sending requests to 379 law enforcement agencies, large and small, demanding to know when, why and how they are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The campaign is one of the largest coordinated information […]

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