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Fred Shuttlesworth

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a giant of the civil rights movement known for his decades of work in support of desegregation, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Carl Oglesby

I'm not capable of accurately describing the kindness, intensity and melancholy that were alloyed in Carl's character, or the profound role he played in deepening our commitment to the anti-war movement.

Betty Williams

The robust Nation of today is the child of many parents, but the largest and oldest political weekly in the country owes a great debt to Betty Williams for her indispensable role during those rebuilding years.

Claudette Munson

The latter-day Mother Jones pushed her defense contractor employer to turn its swords into plowshares.

Mark Hatfield

Former Senator Mark Hatfield was a hero to many of us who consider ourselves "New Evangelicals."

Lucian Freud

Freud made the case through his art that no body type inherently possesses more capacity to compel than another.

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd was a prolific journalist and popular historian who for decades enlivened the Belfast writing scene with his trenchant opinions and researches into the city's history and politics who recently passed away.

E.M. Broner

A tribute to the writer, feminist and modern-day matriarch. 

Clara Luper

Luper’s courage at a young age helped change the course of race relations in Oklahoma City.

Blogs

Eduardo Galeano taught us not to be embarrassed for refusing to acclimate to the horrors of the present.

April 13, 2015

Few stars campaigned harder for the anti-war candidate’s 1972 presidential bid.

March 2, 2015

The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

The New York Times columnist championed journalism and humanity.

February 13, 2015

Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice. 

February 9, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

He fought for social justice and peace--with a twinkle in his eye.

December 29, 2014

Chomsky discusses the past, present and future of Latin American politics. 

October 31, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014