Tag Archives | Michael Ratner

  • My Friend Michael Ratner (Michael Steven Smith)

    My friend Michael Ratner

    I met Michael back in the 1980s. He had just been elected president of the National Lawyers Guild. We lived around the corner from each other in Greenwich Village. He walked over one evening and asked me if I’d serve on the board that edited the Guild magazine, Guild Notes. “Sure,” I said. That began a political collaboration and a dear friendship that lasted until he died five years ago. – Michael Steven Smith

  • Michael Ratner Palestine Legal site

    Michael Ratner’s inspiring activist life culminated with dramatic change on Israel

    Michael Ratner personally changed human rights law, and in doing so he let go childhood views of Israel. “I thought of [Israel] as the home of my people. I had my bedroom ceiling painted with the seven wonders of the world and a huge map of Israel. I had no idea how my view of Israel would change later in life.”

  • Original illustration for ScheerPost by Mr. Fish

    Chris Hedges: The Empire is not done with Julian Assange

    As is clear from the memoir of one of his attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution.