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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.

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:34am
The State of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis at midnight on September 21, even though he is very likely innocent.

Charging for Prison Visits is Bad Business

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 6:53pm

We thought we’d heard it all when it came to the crazy ways corrections departments try to save money. That is, until we learned today that the Arizona Department of Corrections is charging people money to visit their loved ones in prison.


California Can Reform Solitary Confinement

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:26am

California's overuse of solitary confinement is inhumane, costly and jeopardizes public safety by ignoring the fact that normal human contact is essential for ensuring successful re-entry and reducing recidivism rates.

Now, following a weeks-long…

VICTORY! Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law

VICTORY! Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:47pm

In a huge victory for privacy and the rule of law, a federal appeals court today reinstated our landmark lawsuit challenging the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), a statute that gives the executive branch virtually unchecked power to collect Americans'…

Signed, Unsealed and Stay Tuned

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:14pm

Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing with the revelation that the government had obtained a court order requiring Twitter to provide information about some of its subscribers who are associated with WikiLeaks. The court order was made public…

"No-Fly" With Me

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:38pm

Ayman Latif is a U.S. citizen and disabled Marine veteran living in Egypt with no way to travel to the United States, where he was born and raised, to introduce his new baby daughter to the rest of his family who still reside in the states. He also…

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…

Talking Rule of Law, Actions And Consequences, And Gitmo With Hina Shamsi

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:52pm

Hina Shamsi, an attorney with the ACLU National Security Project and a frequent observer at the Guantánamo military commissions proceedings, was featured in a live chat on Firedoglake today in which she fielded questions about Guantánamo and the…

Knee-Jerk Redaction?

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:27pm

After CIA Director Michael Hayden publicly admitted that the CIA has, in fact, waterboarded detainees, the agency could no longer cling to its last excuses for covering up the use of the very word “waterboarding” in CIA records. As a result,…

When the Torch Comes to Town

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:32pm
On March 13, the ACLU of Northern California filed a Public Records Act request for information about the procedures the city of San Francisco intends to follow during the expected public demonstrations when the Olympic Torch passes through town on…
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