Civil Rights

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Data from the Hawaii Department of Health show that most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the islands are local residents. But some legislators are calling for increased quarantine restrictions on visitors.

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

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Updated July 9, 5:07 p.m.

As he signaled earlier, Gov. David Ige announced on Tuesday that he has vetoed a bill passed by state lawmakers to restrict the ability of law enforcement to seize private property and sell it at auction. Ige said "sufficient safeguards are in place" to prevent abuse of the practice.

Patrisse Cullors

Patrice Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, was born long after the civil rights movement and the passage of federal equal rights legislation and has seen the ways in which Dr. King’s dream has fallen short. We spoke about the reasons the country needed Black Lives Matter.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  This year, for Hawai‘i’s celebration of Reverend Martin Luther King’s holiday there was a  Run for Peace on Maui, a commemorative walk happened on Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i island celebrated in Kona on Sunday.  In Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with some of the millennials in attendance at what is called the annual "People's Parade." 

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Wikipedia Commons

  How to meet the needs of transgender kids and adults continues to pose tough questions for Hawaii and the nation.  Dr. MIlton Diamond's research on sexual development dates from 1960s.  We'll talk with him and transgender activist Tracy Ryan - and you about some of the issues often left out of the headlines.