Avelino "Abba" Ramos, longtime leader in the ILWU, died in his sleep of Lewy body dementia, June 5, at Bali Bay Care Home in Richmond, Calif.
If ever there were a talent worthy of high regard, this gentle cauldron of imagination seems a figure that ought to be regarded as a national treasure.
As soon as the news of Maurice Sendak's death was announced, social media was flooded with comments from generations of readers, parents, and librarians.
Ahmed Ben Bella, a leader of Algeria's liberation struggle and the country's first president, died on April 11 at his home in Algiers.
Ayers was a longtime leader of IBEW Local 34 in Peoria, Ill., before ascending to national union office. He was unanimously elected president of the department in early 2007.
Steve Cooper, a longtime trade union, civil rights activist and member of the Los Angeles Metro Club of the Communist Party died recently in Los Angeles. He was 77.
Two Los Angeles-based legends of Rhythm & Blues passed away last week: Etta James and Johnny Otis.
Lorenzo Torrez, leader of the Communist Party, a staunch yet quiet spoken fighter for union rights and Mexican American equality, died New Years Day in Tucson.
As a teenager and a member of the Young Communist League, he was active in the struggle to free the Scottsboro Boys and helped to organize the fur workers.
Edward H. Elkind, 81, a Marxist activist and teacher who also worked as a computer programmer and advocated such causes as D.C. home rule, rent control, public housing and public health clinics, died Oct. 8.