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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.

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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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

Clarence Clemons could talk, both musically and verbally. 

June 18, 2011

Real revolutions will never be televised. But the man who told us that revolutionized music and movements. 

May 29, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron's political legacy was vast and his connections to social movements deep.

May 28, 2011