I am eternally Indebted to the Center for Constitutional Rights, and to its former President Michael Ratner because they included me in a class action law suit defending our right as academics in the United States to do research in Cuba. And they won. In 2000, when I had just been hired as an Assistant Professor in Penn State’s Comparative Literature department, I received word that the Treasury Department was suing me for having travelled to Cuba the winter before. I travelled to Cubas in December 1999 under Clinton, but returned under Bush. My travelling partner was a Jamaican, and we were pulled out of line, searched, and we received a summons on the US-Canadian border. This happened when I was a graduate student at Columbia, and I regularly visited Cuba in conjunction with research I was doing to complete my dissertation on José Martí. During my first year at Penn State, I was still finishing the dissertation. The Treasury Police lawsuit represented more than twice my salary; I could not wrap my brain around it because I had to finish my dissertation while I was teaching my classes. I am so grateful to Michael Ratner for his vision, for his example, for his passion, and for defending our right to do research in Cuba and to dissent from the irrational policy of the embargo. Reading about his life on this site and reading the transcript of his funeral service was incredibly moving. I am so honored to have been on the planet with Michael and I only knew him through his radio program, Law and Disorder. It took me so long to express my gratitude, that now I cannot thank him in person. I am taking it as a lesson to get out there and make public our protest and to actually meet the people in this large movement that Michael, thankfully, helped to mobilize.