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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.

Omar Khadr Is Not a Military Commissions Guinea Pig

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:18pm

The New York Times ran an excellent editorial today underscoring the injustice of prosecuting alleged former child soldier Omar Khadr in the first military commissions trial since the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2009.

Despite improvements…

ACLU Scholarship Winner Takes On Texas Textbook Takeover

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:00am

Yesterday, we posted about the Texas Textbook Takeover and what you can do to stop it. We hope you'll join us in taking action, and we wanted to tell you about a former ACLU scholarship winner who's also getting involved!

Matthew LaClair…

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…

TSA Search Case on CNN

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:17pm

On Friday, Steve Bierfeldt, treasurer of Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty, and Larry Schwartztol, fearless ACLU attorney, appeared on CNN to talk about our new lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

We filed the lawsuit on Steve's…

ACLU Releases Report On Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:26pm

The ACLU today released a report summarizing the civil liberties and civil rights record of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.…

The Unfriendly Skies: JetBlue/TSA Officials Pay $240,000 for Grounding Arabic T-Shirt

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:34pm

When it rains, it pours… stories about discrimination at the airport. As AirTran Airways scrambled to make good after excluding a Muslim family from one of their flights last week, a discrimination case from 2006 was settled when two Transportation…

9/11 Family Members Challenge Legitimacy Of Guantánamo Military Commissions

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:57pm

Several press reports this week quoted people who lost loved ones on 9/11 and who were selected by the Pentagon to travel to Gitmo and attend legal proceedings for detainees accused of planning the terrorist attacks. The articles included statements…

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…
Senators To Hear Dangers of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Senators To Hear Dangers of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 10:53am

The first-ever (and long-overdue) congressional hearing on solitary confinement convenes tomorrow, June 19, at 10 a.m. before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. You’ll be able to watch a webcast…

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