I met Michael Ratner in person at a Chelsea Manning Support Network event in Washington, DC, during Manning’s court-martial. That was the only time I saw him in person, however, I exchanged emails and spoke with Michael over the phone multiple times while covering Manning’s case. Michael made time to respond to my requests for comments about Manning, Julian Assange, or WikiLeaks. When he read what I published, he would email to let me know I had done good work. During the early stages of the Manning court-martial, there was total secrecy around the records in the case. It was unlike various other high-profile cases in federal courts, where journalists have access to decisions, motions, and other filings. I was asked by the Center for Constitutional Rights to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit to force the United States military to give Manning a transparent court-martial. I am pretty sure I would not have been a plaintiff if Michael had not known me. It was definitely a longshot case, but as I reflect, it was the type of longshot case Michael was never afraid to launch. In daring to challenge the U.S. military in military court, we forced the military’s hand. The military released a slew of documents in the days before the trial and finally published documents as the rest of the case unfolded. CCR was unable to win a decision for transparency in military courts, but as I am sure Michael recognized, CCR did not have to win in military court to make a difference. We all won the moment the military backed away from its commitment to secrecy and released the first documents to journalists. I was fairly new to journalism and a member of the alternative press, which meant sometimes my efforts went unnoticed. But Michael validated my work, which stood in stark contrast to the establishment media’s disregard and ignorance of the entire Manning case. There are countless other journalists for which this was true as well. If we made a list of all the journalists Michael took the time to appreciate, especially those who were just getting their start, it would be a mighty fine list. Michael will forever be an inspiration to me to be bold in the stories I publish, to write about those subjects which are regularly overlooked or avoided, and to provide a platform for the survivors of injustices who deserve a voice in media to share their experiences. He will always be a model to turn to when asking what more can be done to make a meaningful contribution to the vast struggle for revolutionary change in the world. Thanks again, Michael, for letting me know I was doing a great job.