We spent a good part of our week telling stories about people struggling for justice.
Some citizens want the right to recall elected officials who they feel aren’t listening to their constituents, namely on controversial issues such as GMOs, geothermal development and raising the minimum wage.
Hawaii’s chief federal judge says that looming budget cuts could mean that poor defendants in federal court may not get representation — and the cases against them dismissed, as a result.
Micronesians, whose homelands have been taken over by military testing, have migrated to Hawaii seeking a new life. But instead they are often met with misunderstanding and racism.
And as the nation continues to debate the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, locally here in Honolulu, the criminal case of Christopher Deedy — also laced with racial undertones — continues in state court. Political columnist John Pritchett offered his commentary.
Pritchett, by the way, now has a regular spot in Civil Beat. Watch for his artistic commentary on Thursdays.
And if you’re in the mood for something creative, check out the Civil Beat staff’s video news report that looks at why dancing is such a sticky legal issue here in Hawaii. That’s Nathan Eagle, Nicke Grube, Alia Wong and Alice Terry getting down for a good cause. Alana Hong is the videographer who scored an interview with “Footloose” creator Dean Pitchford, which we also broke out into a separate video.
Meantime, here are 10 more stories you won’t want to have missed: