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A tribute to a longtime defender of civil liberties and a beloved teacher.

If you're disappointed with Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson has a reminder for you: American presidents haven't done many great things without a mass movement pushing them every step of the way.

The tough and hyper-energetic diplomat’s career spanned more than four decades. He leaves behind a complicated legacy—and in Afghanistan, an unfinished mission.

Lewis was a true Renaissance man, a lover of music, history, literature, language, botany, geography, sports, boating, cards—the list is endless—all of which enliven his puzzles.

This past week brought us two losses that will be felt throughout The Nation and GRITtv families.

His was an all-American odyssey, and in his final decades he was a man on a mission.

Lewis was a true Renaissance man, a lover of music, history, literature, language, botany, geography, sports, boating, cards—the list is endless—all of which enliven his puzzles.

Johnson was a scholar and author who saw our devolving American world with striking clarity and prescience and wrote about it with precision, passion and courage

Remembering David Markson (1927–2010), whose playful novels pushed storytelling to the edge of understanding.

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Workers shouldn’t “strike and go out and starve, but strike and remain in and take possession of the necessary property of production.” So believed Lucy Gonzales Parsons, who died seventy years ago this week. William Loren Katz’s essay seems relevant for today, International Working Women's Day.

March 8, 2012

Dr. Stephen Levin's work continues to effect change and save lives. 

February 14, 2012

Hitchens could be a moral bully and a black-and-white thinker, but as a vivid presence he will long be remembered.

December 19, 2011

A remarkable life as an organizer and historian.

December 2, 2011

Even after her brother, Troy Davis, was executed, Martina never stopped fighting the death penalty. Yesterday, she lost her fight against breast cancer.

December 2, 2011

At the end of his life, the champion boxer was rejected by the same establishment so quick to embrace him when it suited their needs. Smokin’ Joe deserved so much better.

November 9, 2011

Selfless, wise and welcoming, Bell was a mentor to legions of law school students without privilege, ultimately changing the way law schools work.

October 11, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, died September 25, in Kenya. In this interview with Laura Flanders from 2009, she reiterated the responsibility of all countries, industrialized and developing, to live within their means.
 

September 27, 2011

Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey has a legacy that truly transcends his sport.

July 7, 2011

Clarence Clemons could talk, both musically and verbally. 

June 18, 2011