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Karl Benjamin

Benjamin was greatly admired for his serious and dedicated approach to painting, his investment in those he chose to mentor and for being a truly kind soul.

Powerful essays from half a century of writing.

Seth Rosen

Seth Rosen didn’t allow himself the luxury of refusing to negotiate—his life was consumed by negotiating in increasingly trying times for people paid by the hour.

The Nation’s longest-running columnist was a witty, brilliant, coruscating presence in our pages for almost thirty years.

Alexander Cockburn

For what the ancients called avarice and iniquity, Alex’s hate was pure. No writer had a deadlier sting against the corruptions of empire.

Nation writers and friends remember the great radical journalist.

A tribute to “the most famous artist in the world, living or dead.”

A real 'Mad Man' who dreamed up and helped found the Leadership Network, a mini-advertising consortium that enabled mega-corporations to advertise in small-circulation journals of opinion.

When I asked Len if he was finding a spiritual meaning, he said he was reading War and Peace, adding “it’s all there.”

His experience as a student activist at Hamilton College cemented his desire to pursue a career in public interest law.

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A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

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