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Throughout his life and work, Howard Zinn was fashioning a living concept of what it means to be a good citizen.

Leonard Weinglass

Remembering a 1950s radical who developed his values, critical thinking and world view in a time when non-conforming was rare.

Hazel Dickens

The high lonesome sound that touched so many, so deeply, could only have been born of both strife and fight-back in equal proportions.

Juliano Mer-Khamis, a leading figure in Palestinian for creative nonviolent resistance, was killed last week. In this clip, Mer-Khamis describes the work of the theater he founded as an outlet for Palestinian youth to deal with their experiences living under Israeli occupation.

A vivid and personal portrait of a husband and his enduring work.

Juliano Mer-Khamis

This brilliant activist and film and theater director, recently murdered in Jenin, represented the best of what it means to be Palestinian and to be Jewish.

Manning meant for his students to bridge the gap between the seminar room and the street, between theory and practice, between big ideas and the brutal realities of our present world.

Manning Marable

A collection of tributes from friends, students and admirers of a man whose outsized impact on American letters will be felt for years to come.

A tribute to the recently departed scholar Manning Marable, by a close friend.

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Benn represented not just Labour’s conscience, but its soul—a living link to the radical England of the Levellers, the Chartists, the Suffragists and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

March 14, 2014

The British parliamentarian, who has died at age 88, was one of history’s great champions of giving power to the people.

March 14, 2014

Author Joe McGinniss has lost his fight with prostate cancer. 

March 11, 2014

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

“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