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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.

Barry Commoner

Called the “Paul Revere of ecology,” Barry Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America’s most prominent modern environmentalist. 

Blogs

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

Real revolutions will never be televised. But the man who told us that revolutionized music and movements. 

May 29, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron's political legacy was vast and his connections to social movements deep.

May 28, 2011