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NEW YORK — The day after Donald Trump's election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: "See you in court."


Assets School's plan for the fall; Paddlers get back in the water; Ige nominees face Senate opposition; ACLU Hawaii on criminal justice reform

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Honolulu police officers arrested Micronesians, Samoans and Blacks for violating the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in marked disproportion to their representation in the general population, a Hawaii Public Radio investigation found.

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The City and County of Honolulu is clearing large amounts of debris from Kea'au Beach Park and conducting enforcement activity to remove homeless encampments from the space.

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War Unknowns; Title IX Lawsuit; City Council Bills

Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 Point in Time Count released Monday indicated a nearly 10 percent drop in homelessness on O’ahu. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, those who continue to live on the streets are in a very difficult place. 

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It’s been nearly 175 years since the Kingdom of Hawai‘i adopted an official flag. That same flag is now the flag of the state of Hawai‘i. A much younger flag is at the heart of a controversy involving an Asian country, a terrorist organization, and an American courtroom. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Statewide, almost half of the detainees in our jails are accused but not convicted, many because they cannot afford bail. That’s according to a new study released today by the Hawaiʻi American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU report paints a picture of a justice system where the wealthy go free, while the working poor sit in jail. Not everyone sees it that way. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Honolulu Museum of Art

Over the holidays, did you post happy pictures about your personal life on social media?  Did you do any online shopping, or use GPS?  Did you think at all about what these activities do to your digital profile?  If you did, Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying probably influenced you.  Snowden will be a panel member in an upcoming immersive at the Doris Duke Theatre that looks at our lives under surveillance.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Conversation: Friday, September 29th, 2017

Sep 29, 2017
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Defending Civil Liberties; Getting Help with a Downpayment; Girl Scouts in Hawaii

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Rennett Stowe / Flickr

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a complaint filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii regarding the current state of Hawaii’s prison system.

The document says the state’s prisons and jails don’t meet minimum standards and violate the constitutional rights of prisoners.

They say that 7 out of 9 state prisons are severely overcrowded and underfunded.

Adding that facilities lack proper health services, food safety, and sanitary conditions. 

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Honolulu Homeless Sweeps

Nov 4, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

There’s new evidence in a case challenging the Honolulu’s stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances. That’s according to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s representing 14 plaintiffs in a suit against the city and county’s response to homeless people and their personal property. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Lawsuit Challenges City's Sidewalk Ordinances

Sep 16, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court today challenging the City and County of Honolulu’s actions against homeless people and their personal property.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.