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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.

Carter helped to change America, and helped to change me, along with the many black and white lawyers who worked with him and whom he taught that fighting for equal rights entails risk, patience, understanding and placing the cause before yourself.

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The McGovern campaign marked a turning point in many lives, including John Lennon’s.

October 21, 2012

Dead at age 90, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee embraced and inspired the struggle for peace and economic and social justice.

October 21, 2012

Larry Gibson, a leader of the fight against mountaintop removal, died Sunday. One of his last appearances is in Chris Hedges’s and Joe Sacco’s new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

September 12, 2012

He said, “It's not always going to be like this.”

August 11, 2012

Gore was a citizen of the republic and a critic of the empire.

August 1, 2012

Alex Cockburn always took interns seriously.

July 24, 2012

A brilliant, elegant, hilarious woman at the top of her creative powers since forever—since before I used to proofread her Esquire column back in the early ’70s.

June 28, 2012

Generally considered the leading children's book writer of the past century, his books were touchstones of youth for the generation born after 1960.

May 8, 2012

How the Beastie Boys brought hope to female hip hop fans.

May 8, 2012

The death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is also the death of a living link to a city that no longer exists.

May 6, 2012