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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.

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 April 9. In response they received almost identical letters from the Mayor's Office and the San Francisco Police Department which indicate that the city doesn't intend to restrict protestors along the torch route. Unfortunately, the city still hasn't released the details of the exact location of the route - so, intentionally or not, they're making it hard for people to organize. Also not so encouraging: the SFPD response included sections of a Power Point presentation about crowd management and control, with text that apparently concerns 'details of specific security procedures' redacted. The ACLU of Northern California will keep pushing for the city to release that route, and when the time comes they'll be standing by to make sure any security procedures are in line with the Constitution. Let's hope the city of San Francisco has more respect for the First Amendment than the White House.CORRECTION: The ACLU of Northern California filed the Public Records Act request on March 13, not the week of March 21.

What the BLEEP?

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:09pm
This morning the Supreme Court announced it will hear an appeal of a lower court ruling in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, et al. Last summer, the ACLU joined a friend-of-the-court brief urging the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an FCC…

Bank Drops Case Against Wikileaks

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:02pm
Swiss Bank Julius Baer announced today that it's dropping its lawsuit against whistleblower website Wikileaks. If you've been following the case, you know that it all started when the bank filed a lawsuit against the site because of some documents posted…

No Rain on This Parade

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 6:13pm
This news story may have been drowned out by the lead-up to Super Tuesday, but the voices and music of New Orleans's historic Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs were not. Several of the clubs were allowed to hold their annual "second line" parade (so named…

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…

Utter Contempt

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 1:38pm
Today's a big day in Tape Destruction World. We're headed to court at 3:00 p.m. to argue that the CIA acted in contempt of court when it destroyed hundreds of hours of videotape depicting the harsh treatment of two detainees in its custody. The CIA…

Protestors Should be Seen and Heard

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 11:58am

Once again, it appears free speech may be the victim of official White House policy. In the rather un-grand tradition of shielding the president from dissenting opinions, several New Mexicans were recently made to stand 150 yards - and behind a…

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