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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.

Wanda Coleman

Listening to Coleman recite changed my understanding of black poetry.

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing responded to the contradictions of our time by facing them with unmatched courage.

Doug Ireland

To a young journalist in the early 1980s Doug seemed already to have lived an impossible number of lives.

Doug Ireland

Doug Ireland followed the truth wherever it took him.

Arthur Danto

Would anyone else in the “art world” really care about getting a really good hamburger?

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Eduardo Galeano taught us not to be embarrassed for refusing to acclimate to the horrors of the present.

April 13, 2015

Few stars campaigned harder for the anti-war candidate’s 1972 presidential bid.

March 2, 2015

The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

The New York Times columnist championed journalism and humanity.

February 13, 2015

Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice. 

February 9, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

He fought for social justice and peace--with a twinkle in his eye.

December 29, 2014

Chomsky discusses the past, present and future of Latin American politics. 

October 31, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014