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A tribute to the life of Jonathan Rowe, political activist and writer, by journalist and a friend of his, Russ Baker.

Weinglass devoted his legal career to making human rights more sacred than corporate profit.

Robert Fitch

Fitch was a brilliant and prolific radical journalist and troublemaker.

Manny Fried

Fried was a guiding presence to Buffalo-area actors, writers and social activists.

Suze Rotolo

Best known for a photograph of her and Bob Dylan that became the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Rotolo devoted her life to the progressive causes which had engaged her since well before she met the folk singer.

Remembering the progressive aide to Gabrielle Giffords who died in the attack in Tucson, Arizona.

Dagmar Wilson was one of those responsible for what Alice Munro calls the “great switch in women’s lives.”

Class was not merely Milton’s subject, it was the optic through which he saw the world, something that distinguished his work from what the culture had expected of social documentary photography since the 1930s.

She has been to the mountaintop—and we must fight harder to save it.

A tribute to a longtime defender of civil liberties and a beloved teacher.

Blogs

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

For me, losing a Beastie Boy is like what losing a Beatle was to my father's generation.

May 4, 2012

You could always tell which voice was his: he was the stern Southern preacher, the broken Confederate soldier and the dirt farmer at the end of his day.

April 19, 2012

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