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Civil Liberties

Hill discusses ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’ brief

With Hawaii’s COVID-19 state of emergency now in its 11th month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week — on Martin Luther King Jr. Day —released a new policy brief, “Lockdown Versus Liberty,” which calls on the Legislature to step in and restore checks and balances to the state’s emergency powers. The brief

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New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

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Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

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‘Good intentions are alone not enough’

If you believe that there is something about stay-at-home orders and the closure of “nonessential” businesses that infringes upon our fundamental rights, then there is good news. A federal court in Pennsylvania has reached the same conclusion. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV wrote that the “good intentions” underlying Pennsylvania

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‘Emergencies do not suspend constitutional rights’

Opponents of Hawaii’s economic and social lockdowns were greeted with good news on Monday, namely that “lockdown restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), including a ban on large gatherings and the closure of ‘non-life sustaining businesses,’ are unconstitutional.” Honolulu attorney Marc Victor, whose firm Attorneys For Freedom is

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‘These are times that try men’s souls’

For half a year our freedoms have been suspended in the name of public health, and that isn’t healthy Thomas Paine was right when he talked about how “what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” So many of us in Hawaii were simply born into our state of

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Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

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Lockdown mania, at what cost?

Hawaii lawmakers have again shut down bars, parks and beaches, and re-imposed an interisland travel quarantine after a surge in reported coronavirus cases. These lockdowns are well intended, but they also are causing a lot of pain. I don’t envy Gov. David Ige and other Hawaii leaders having to make

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Happy Fourth of July, despite the irony

This week, we celebrate the nation’s independence … while still under lockdown. Usually, we associate the Fourth of July with picnics, parades and fireworks, all celebrating that day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This year, however, most municipalities have canceled their Independence Day celebrations.

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Lockdowns, testing and tracking: Are they all really legal?

Two constitutional attorneys who have been monitoring Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures of the past three months were featured guests at a webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Jeffrey Portnoy and Robert Thomas talked about what we can expect as the state and counties slowly

Read More →

Hill discusses ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’ brief

With Hawaii’s COVID-19 state of emergency now in its 11th month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week — on Martin Luther King Jr. Day —released a new policy brief, “Lockdown Versus Liberty,” which calls on the Legislature to step in and restore checks and balances to the state’s emergency powers. The brief

Read More →

New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

Read More →

Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

Read More →

‘Good intentions are alone not enough’

If you believe that there is something about stay-at-home orders and the closure of “nonessential” businesses that infringes upon our fundamental rights, then there is good news. A federal court in Pennsylvania has reached the same conclusion. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV wrote that the “good intentions” underlying Pennsylvania

Read More →

‘Emergencies do not suspend constitutional rights’

Opponents of Hawaii’s economic and social lockdowns were greeted with good news on Monday, namely that “lockdown restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), including a ban on large gatherings and the closure of ‘non-life sustaining businesses,’ are unconstitutional.” Honolulu attorney Marc Victor, whose firm Attorneys For Freedom is

Read More →

‘These are times that try men’s souls’

For half a year our freedoms have been suspended in the name of public health, and that isn’t healthy Thomas Paine was right when he talked about how “what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” So many of us in Hawaii were simply born into our state of

Read More →

Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

Read More →

Lockdown mania, at what cost?

Hawaii lawmakers have again shut down bars, parks and beaches, and re-imposed an interisland travel quarantine after a surge in reported coronavirus cases. These lockdowns are well intended, but they also are causing a lot of pain. I don’t envy Gov. David Ige and other Hawaii leaders having to make

Read More →

Happy Fourth of July, despite the irony

This week, we celebrate the nation’s independence … while still under lockdown. Usually, we associate the Fourth of July with picnics, parades and fireworks, all celebrating that day in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This year, however, most municipalities have canceled their Independence Day celebrations.

Read More →

Lockdowns, testing and tracking: Are they all really legal?

Two constitutional attorneys who have been monitoring Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures of the past three months were featured guests at a webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Jeffrey Portnoy and Robert Thomas talked about what we can expect as the state and counties slowly

Read More →