Category: Memorials

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Peter Dreier: The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller

When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her time—and continues to challenge ours today

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Marjorie Cohn: Remembering People’s Lawyer Len Weinglass

“I want to spend my time defending people who have committed their time to progressive change. That’s the criteria”

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Stephen Zunes: Fidel Castro left Cuba a green legacy

While he no longer held any formal position of power since his resignation as president for health reasons eight years ago, Fidel Castro’s death last month marks the passing of an era. In his nearly 50 years in power, few individuals have had had such a profound influence on a country for good or ill Read more…

Richard Flacks: Remembering Tom Hayden (1939-2016): My Friend and a Lifelong Change Maker

The activist and lawmaker leaves behind a life worth studying

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Robin D.G. Kelley: Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual

Cedric J. Robinson spent a lifetime believing and demonstrating that we could invent, manufacture, conspire, and organize way beyond the possibilities

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Phyllis Bennis: Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

And he called them out fearlessly

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Badri Raina: Mohammed Ali Paragon

Ali, had your magnificence not been So real, it would have been a trance

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Juan Cole: Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali’s last fight was against Extremism & Politicians’ Islamophobia

Boxer Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, on 17 January 1942, is dead at 74

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Marjorie Cohn: Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. We Read more…

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Frida Berrigan: What the obituaries missed about my uncle, Dan Berrigan

Father Dan Berrigan’s life, legacy and gifts were celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Friday, May 6. The church is supposed to fit only 700 people, but more than a thousand crammed in, packing the aisles and sides, sitting and standing through the more-than-two-hour-long service. Communion took half an hour, Read more…

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