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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.

Rubin’s accomplishments during her nearly five decades in Santa Barbara are beyond calculation.

Bernard Rapaport

Bernard Rapoport's death at the age of ninety-four has brought to a close one of the storied chapters in the history of American liberalism.

Elsie Richardson

Efforts she spearheaded in the sixties set model for the grassroots rebuilding efforts that would unfold in cities around the country in decades to come.

Peter Novick

Novick, a first-class mensch, will be remembered for his pioneering scholarship, intellectual courage, and a witty, astringent writing style that could turn the most forbidding of subjects into a pleasure to read.

Anthony Shadid

The most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation reported with authority and empathy.

Robert Carter

For Robert L. Carter, one of the leading civil rights strategists and activists of the twentieth century, the fight for equal, quality public education was foundational to the movement to liberate this country from the blight of racism and its crippling legacies.

Vaclav Havel was undoubtedly one of the greatest Europeans of our generation, a man, who fully deserves the unquestionable respect both of his country and the world.

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“I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed.”

January 28, 2014

Imagine a world without the works of Noam Chomsky, Marguerite Duras, Barbara Ehrenreich, Michel Foucault, Edward Said or Studs Terkel.  Then you will have some sense of the impact of André Schiffrin.

December 2, 2013

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