After a search lasting nearly seven months, ACLU Hawaii has finally chosen a new executive director. Vanessa Chong, who has run the office since 1984, is retiring next year. Her replacement, ACLU Hawaii officials announced on Dec. 13, is Joshua Wisch, currently a Special Assistant to Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin. According to the ACLU Hawaii announcement, the position … [Read more...] about ACLU Hawaii selects Joshua Wisch as its new executive director
Since President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Hawaii in a few days, a diverse group of organizations known as the Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights decided that this is a prime moment for a little education. Not of Trump, of course–that doddering white supremacist clown can't be trusted to follow the directions on a box of tissues–but of the rest of the nation. Let's … [Read more...] about Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights sends open letter to President Donald Trump on eve of his Hawaii visit
Vanessa Chong, longtime executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union Hawaii chapter, will be retiring in early 2018. Chong first joined the ACLU staff in 1981 and became the organization’s executive director in 1984. “Vanessa is leaving us a vital and strong organization and we look forward to a smooth transition,” said ACLU of Hawaii Board President Barbara … [Read more...] about Longtime ACLU Hawaii Executive Director Vanessa Chong to retire in early 2018
If you exhibit any empathy at all, reading the news these days is a terrible depressing experience. Every day it seems, the President “Baby” Donald Trump and Republican-controlled Legislatures across the country sign executive orders or introduce legislation designed to curb someone’s civil liberties–voting rights, trans rights, protester rights, even the rights of documented … [Read more...] about We talk story with ACLU Hawaii Legal Director Mateo Caballero about Trump’s assault on civil liberties
The Trump Administration is doubling down on authoritarian executive orders–most recently with a blatantly unconstitutional Muslim travel ban that prompted wide-scale, spontaneous demonstrations in airports across the nation this weekend. It's easy to lose hope in the face of such reactionary barbarism, but local Hawaii artist Napua Ahina, a member of the Hawaiian Comic Book … [Read more...] about Want to support civil rights and a local Hawaii artist? Buy this print!