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“Sol had a totally different take on things. Whether it was Marxism, Darwinism, Greek mythology, or Jewish mysticism, he was always interconnecting things at so many different levels.”

Jim Schmidt

Schmidt taught farmworkers about the law, founded the Farmworker Women’s Institute, and started special projects on domestic violence, racial profiling, pesticide education, personal finance, workers’ compensation, and human trafficking.

Ten of the notable individuals we lost in 2012.

Jenni Rivera

After hours of speculation Mexican officials announced late Sunday that a plane carrying Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera was found and that they believed there were no survivors.

Jane Holtz Kay worked tirelessly for decades in the trenches of architecture and urban design criticism, historic preservation, civic activism and environmental journalism.

A powerful figure committed to the struggle against colonialism, Means was a relentless advocate of American Indian rights and of indigenous people worldwide.

The Democrats and historians threw George McGovern under the bus. Now it is time for his resurrection, in a search for history’s lessons.

Russell was a reminder that the wars against indigenous people, and the conquest of their resources, are far from over, and that we cannot be fully human until remorse with our eyes wide open allows the possibility of reconciliation.

Senator McGovern spoke the truth, especially when it was uncomfortable.

Eric Hobsbawm

Hobsbawm’s life and writings will long serve as an inspiration to those who believe that a knowledge of history is essential to working for a better world.

Blogs

The great passion of the president’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing wealth barriers to voting. He was right to choose the constitutional route.

November 22, 2013

Gene Farley was a brilliant champion of economic and social justice, peace and, above all, single-payer health care.

November 11, 2013

Singing against apartheid and for Tibetan freedom, working with Amnesty International and standing with Occupy Wall Street, he was an artist who spoke up and showed up.

October 27, 2013

The late Saul Landau spent years investigating the assassination in Washington, DC, of his friend, Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean foreign minister. What he found pointed right back to DC.

September 13, 2013

On the occasion of the death of one of the last liberal Republican giants, reflections on the passing of a species.

July 31, 2013

In praise of a reporter who understood that she needed to have access to power in order to question that power.

July 23, 2013

The late New York Times columnist believed telling critical truths about your country was a higher form of patriotism.

March 25, 2013

As we mark the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, how far have we come? And how far do we have to go?

February 6, 2013

Each of our minds contain a universe, but how is it that his mind contained fourteen or fifteen of them?

January 12, 2013

An anti-fascist, a radical, an immigrant, an outsider, her pioneering work to launch women’s history programs and feminist movements was transformational.

January 8, 2013