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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.

EVENT: How Terrorism Impacts Women

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 2:41pm
ACLU President Susan Herman will give the keynote address at a symposium on the impact of terrorism on the lives of women on March 6 at the Rutgers Center for Law and Criminal Justice.

A Victim of Extraordinary Rendition, In His Own Words

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:47pm

Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen was brought on behalf of five men who were kidnapped, flown to CIA black sites and other overseas locations, and tortured. The Bush administration intervened in the case, inappropriately asserting the "state secrets"…

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…

The Hotly-Anticipated and Exceedingly Handy ACLU Supreme Court Overview is Here!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:19pm

Today, the Supreme Court returns for business and John Roberts begins his fourth term as Chief Justice.

According to the latest edition of ACLU Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro’s annual overview, there is no doubt that Roberts presides…

ACLU of Minnesota Representing DemocracyNow! Team

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 7:07pm

We *heart* the ACLU of Minnesota. Our affiliate office in St. Paul has been fighting tirelessly for free speech in the midst of what appears to be a huge government crackdown on civil liberties at the RNC, including coordinating legal defense for tons…

ACLU Reacts to Arrest of Journalist at DNC

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:23pm

Following news reports and a video showing Denver law enforcement agents ordering a reporter off a public sidewalk and pushing him into the street and later arresting him, the ACLU and the ACLU of Colorado called for renewed protection of the First…

Words Are All We Have

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:21am

George Carlin, a warrior for the First Amendment who exercised his right to free speech even after being arrested for it, died last night.

In his landmark comedy routine, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” Carlin…

Soldiers of Misfortune

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:15pm
The United States is shirking its commitments under an international agreement and failing to protect the rights of vulnerable young people. In a report to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, the ACLU charges that the U.S. isn't upholding its…

Gag Lifted, Brewster Speaks!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 10:27am
The FBI has withdrawn an unconstitutional national security letter issued to the Internet Archive after a legal challenge from the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As the result of a settlement agreement, the FBI withdrew the NSL, agreed to…

Patently Unconstitutional?

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:35pm
Last week the ACLU took its first foray into the world of patent law. Introducing a rare argument applying the First Amendment to patent law, Chris Hansen filed an amicus brief urging a federal court to uphold the denial of a patent that would, if awarded,…
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