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Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Jonathan Schell

The power and persuasiveness of Jonathan's work came from the enduring belief that there is no idea so powerful as a moral one.

Tony Benn

Tony Benn died at age 88 last week—and was immediately and fulsomely praised by many well able to restrain their enthusiasm for him in his lifetime.

Chokwe Lumumba

The Jackson mayor had ambitious plans to bring “people power” and a “solidarity economy” to his city and state.

Eric Ng

"Love and rage" was Eric's philosophy on how to live life.

Pete Seeger

Pete’s fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many “singing tomorrows.”

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He risked his life in the underground against the Nazis, helped rebuild German social democracy after the war and laid the groundwork for reconciliation of East and West. Lebe wohl, Willy!

After his release from death row for a crime he did not commit, Tibbs found a sense of purpose and community as an anti-death-penalty activist.

André Schiffrin

André possessed a radical view of what might matter to our world.

The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

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Benn represented not just Labour’s conscience, but its soul—a living link to the radical England of the Levellers, the Chartists, the Suffragists and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

March 14, 2014

The British parliamentarian, who has died at age 88, was one of history’s great champions of giving power to the people.

March 14, 2014

Author Joe McGinniss has lost his fight with prostate cancer. 

March 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

“I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed.”

January 28, 2014

Imagine a world without the works of Noam Chomsky, Marguerite Duras, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michel Foucault, Edward Said or Studs Terkel.  Then you will have some sense of the impact of André Schiffrin.

December 2, 2013