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Rachel Myers is a senior communications strategist at the ACLU focusing on criminal justice issues. She worked previously at the ACLU of Maine and the Portland (ME) Education Partnership, where she trained teachers, students and community organizations to use service learning in the public schools. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

"Doe" No Mo'!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:39pm
Well, we can finally say it: John Doe is Nicholas Merrill! For the first time since the FBI served him with a national security letter (NSL) and placed him under gag more than six years ago, Nick can finally speak out about his experiences as the first person to ever bring a challenge against NSLs.

ACLU Video: "No-Fly With Me"

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:41pm

Ayman Latif is a disabled U.S. Marine veteran living in Egypt with his wife and two young children. Adama Bah is a 22-year-old caregiver living in New York with asylum status that protects her from the persecution she would face if she returned…

New National Security Strategy Misses the Mark

By Mandy Simon & Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:34am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

The Obama administration released its National Security Strategy (PDF) last week and, as you may have guessed, it covers several issues the ACLU cares about. Unfortunately, the strategy neglects to put forward…

Let the Sunshine In

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:54pm

The last signs of Snowpocalypse have long since disappeared, and the cherry blossoms are starting to peek through. Spring is making its triumphant return. But even though we've got an extra hour of daylight to look forward to, some folks in our…

Righting Wrongs

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:50pm

Yesterday, a federal judge issued a decision in our free speech case on behalf of a former Gitmo prosecutor that was, well, good and bad.

Earlier this month the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of former Guantánamo chief prosecutor…

Guilt by Association

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:56pm

A federal court dealt a blow today to the freedoms of speech and association, and the First and Fifth Amendment rights of Zeinab Taleb-Jedi — a 53-year-old U.S. citizen who lives in a homeless shelter. The government accuses this former…

Make Every Day an International Day Against Torture

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:57pm

On June 26, 1987, the Convention Against Torture (CAT) was entered into force by the United Nations. The CAT forbids governments from deliberately inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon those under their control, prohibits…

Extraordinary Abuse

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:08am
It's no secret that the United States government has participated in extraordinary rendition, the unlawful transfer of prisoners in U.S. custody to countries where we know torture and abusive interrogation techniques take place. And it's no secret…
Replace the Death Penalty in California

Replace the Death Penalty in California

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:55pm

Imagine for a minute that all the public busses in California sat dormant in a parking lot, never to run again. Imagine that the public schools sent all the kids home for good. Imagine also that state’s hospitals shuttered their doors and turned…

ACLU Lens: Connecticut Poised to Become 17th State to Repeal Death Penalty

ACLU Lens: Connecticut Poised to Become 17th State to Repeal Death Penalty

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:58pm

The passage late Wednesday by the Connecticut House of a bill to repeal the death penalty is the latest sign of growing momentum in favor of ending the use of executions nationwide.

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