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Nadine Gordimer

For Nadine Gordimer in 1983, the arts in South Africa were simply “the sum of various states of alienation.”

Gabriel García Márquez

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Jonathan Schell

The power and persuasiveness of Jonathan's work came from the enduring belief that there is no idea so powerful as a moral one.

Tony Benn

Tony Benn died at age 88 last week—and was immediately and fulsomely praised by many well able to restrain their enthusiasm for him in his lifetime.

Chokwe Lumumba

The Jackson mayor had ambitious plans to bring “people power” and a “solidarity economy” to his city and state.

Eric Ng

"Love and rage" was Eric's philosophy on how to live life.

Pete Seeger

Pete’s fingers can strum no longer, but, thanks to him, people around the world can have many “singing tomorrows.”

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He risked his life in the underground against the Nazis, helped rebuild German social democracy after the war and laid the groundwork for reconciliation of East and West. Lebe wohl, Willy!

After his release from death row for a crime he did not commit, Tibbs found a sense of purpose and community as an anti-death-penalty activist.

André Schiffrin

André possessed a radical view of what might matter to our world.

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Brilliant, young, dynamic, female environmental visionaries are hard to find, so this loss is enormous.

January 1, 2013

No senator fought longer and harder for the rights of people of color, people with disabilities, women and the LGBT community. 

December 18, 2012

Marvin Miller, former executive director of the Major Leage Baseball Players Association, died today at the age of 95. 

November 27, 2012

His landslide defeat in 1972 taught a generation of aspiring young Democrats not to try that again—and they didn’t.

October 22, 2012

The presidential nominee and Nation contributor never wavered in speaking out against war, poverty and human rights abuses. 

October 22, 2012

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