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Amiri Baraka: 1934 - 2014

"He did for the English syntax what Monk did with the chord. He was an original."

Honoring Grace Bassett, lifelong drum major for justice

Our dear Grace was one of those drum majors for freedom and peace and we loved her for that.

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Carl Reinstein, fighter for workers, equality, dies at 96

Carl Reinstein, life long activist for labor, civil rights, and peace, passed away May 12 at age 96.

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Will Parry, labor and retiree advocate, 1920-2013

Will Parry," a warrior for working people for more than seven decades," died May 13 at the age of 93.

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Berkeley celebrates life of councilmember Maudelle Shirek

A crowd packed Berkeley City Hall to celebrate the life of Maudelle Shirek, an extraordinary woman dubbed "the conscience of the council."

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Gerda Lerner, pioneering scholar of women's, African-American history

Gerda Lerner, whose life went from Jewish radical activist in Austria to refugee from Nazism to prominent U.S. historian, passed away in Madison, Wisc., at the age of 92, this month.

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Bernice Blohm Diskin, "Greatest Generation" communist, dies at 91

One of the last Communist Party USA members from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II, Bernice Blohm Diskin, passed away June 25 at age 91.

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Reed Smith, leader for social justice, dies at 86

A lifelong peace and civil rights activist, he helped form the first integrated housing development in Waterbury in the 1950s.

Exonerated political prisoner, Geronimo Pratt, dies in Tanzania

Geronimo Pratt, a former leader of the Black Panther Party falsely accused, then imprisoned for 27 years, died June 3 in Tanzania.

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Al Fishman, Michigan peace and justice champion, dies at 83

A Detroit City Council resolution mourning Fishman's loss called him "one of our city's finest peace, civil and human rights, and labor activists, advocates and champions."

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