Persons: Activists

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Abraham Serfaty, communist, anti-Zionist, democracy activist, Moroccan Jew, dies aged 84
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2010
Towering Moroccan activist Abraham Serfaty died Thursday aged 84, after a lifelong struggle for freedom, first against the French colonial rulers and then against King Hassan II's monarchy.
Abu-Jamal, Mumia: Connexipedia Article
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An African-American activist who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer. His conviction was based on dubious evidence and dubious legal proceedings. ...
Aggett, Neil: Connexipedia Article
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South African physician and labour activist who was tortured and killed by the apartheid 'security forces'. (1953-1982).
Alinsky, Saul: Connexipedia Article
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American community organizer and writer. (1909-1972).
Allan Bérubé, 1946-2007: Against The Current vol. 135
Kinsman, Gary
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2008
An inspiring and broad-ranging queer historian, Allan Bérubé died at the age of 61 on December 11, 2007. He left us with major contributions of exciting historical work, but also important unfinished ...
Almada, Martín: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Paraguayan human rights activist known for his outstanding courage in bringing torturers to justice, and promoting democracy, human rights and sustainable development. (Born 1937).
Anderson, Doris: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
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Canadian author, journalist and women's rights activist. (1921-2007).
Anderson, Doris: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Canadian author, journalist and women's rights activist. (1921-2007).
Avnery, Uri and Rachel : Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Israeli human rights activists, founders of the Gush Shalom peace movement.
Baker, Ella: Connexipedia Article
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African American civil rights and human rights activis. (1903-1986).
Baxandall, Lee: Connexipedia Article
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American writer, translator, editor, and activist, first known for his New Left engagement with cultural topics and then as a leader of the naturist movement. (1935-2008).
Bello, Walden: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Filipino author, academic, and political analyst. (Born 1945).
Besant, Annie: Connexipedia Article
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Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator, and supporter of Irish and Indian self rule. (1847-1933).
Bethune, Norman: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian Communist physician, and medical innovator who developed the first mobile blood-transfusion service in Spain in 1936. (1890-1939).
Bethune, Norman: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
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Canadian Communist physician, and medical innovator who developed the first mobile blood-transfusion service in Spain in 1936. (1890-1939).
B.J. Widick, 1910-2008: Against The Current vol. 136
Wald, Alan
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2008
On June 28, 2008, Branko J. Widick, known to everyone as “B.J.” or “Jack,” died at age 97 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Widick was a prominent figure in the history of U.S. Trotskyism and above all in the u...
Blair, Elgin
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1989
Obituary of Connexions collective member Elgin Blair. (Died 1989).
Boggs, Grace Lee: Connexipedia Article
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A Chinese-American author, anti-racist activist and feminist. (Born 1915).
Bridges, Harry: Connexipedia Article
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Australian-American union leader in the ILWU, a longshore (dock) and warehouse workers' union on the West Coast, Hawai'i and Alaska. (1901-1990).
Budiardjo, Carmel: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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British human rights activist, founder of the organisation Tapol and a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.
Canada's Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up for Change
Cullis-Suzuki, Severn; Fredrickson, Kris; Kayssi, Ahmed; Mackenzie, Cynthia; Aldana Cohen, Daniel
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2007
Twenty five personal accounts of the important work of some of Canada's most prominent young activists championing causes from child labour to environmentalism.
Carmichael, Stokely: Connexipedia Article
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Trinidadian-American black leader active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. (1941-1998).
Carol L. McAllister (1947-2007): Against The Current vol. 131
Le Blanc, Paul
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2007
I remember meeting Carol on a public transit bus, I believe in 1980 –- when, almost out of the blue, she approached me and started talking to me about Central America. She recognized me from some earl...
Caroline Lund-Sheppard, Sept. 24, 1944-Oct. 14, 2006: A Life Fully Lived: Against The Current vol. 125
Biddle, Jennifer
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2006
It's my favorite photograph of Caroline: She’s just a girl, standing straight up, hands neatly folded in front of her, wearing a long, white tunic, and an exuberantly silly grin.
Chang, Helen Mack: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Guatemalan businesswoman and human rights activist. Active in the struggle against impunity of political murderers. (Born 1952).
Chaplin, Ralph: Connexipedia Article
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Labour activist at the age of 7, after witnessing a worker shot dead diurng the Pullman strike in Chicago, Illinois. (1887-1961).
Chartrand, Michel: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
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Quebec union leader and activist. (1913-2010).
Chester, Eric: Connexipedia Article
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Author, socialist political activist, and economics professor. (Born 1943).
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
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2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
Culhane, Claire: Connexipedia: Article from PrisonJustice.ca
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Canadian social justice activist. (1918-1996).
Deborah Cunningham, 1945-2015
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2015
Deborah Cunningham was an ADAPT activist and Executive Director of the Memphis Center for Independent Living (MCIL). When she died on May 7, the movement lost a tireless, creative, committed activist,...
Daly, Herman: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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American ecological economist and professor. (Born 1938).
Day, Dorothy: Connexipedia Article
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American journalist, social activist, distributist, anarchist, and devout Catholic. (1897-1980).
Du Bois, W. E. B.: Connexipedia Article
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American civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, historian, author, and editor. (1868-1963).
Duckworth, Muriel: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian pacifist, feminist, social and community activist. (1908-2009).
Edwards, Henrietta Muir: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Canadian women's rights activist and reformer. (1849-1931).
Elissa Karg Chacker, 1951-2008: Against The Current vol. 135
Slaughter, Jane; Finkel, David
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2008
Elissa Karg Chacker, a longtime member of Solidarity and previously the International Socialists (IS) in Detroit, died Sunday, May 11 from injuries suffered in an accident a week earlier. Riding her b...
Evers, Medgar: Connexipedia Article
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African American civil rights activist from Mississippi, murdered in 1963. (1925-1963).
The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist
Larsson, Stieg
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2012
Collected here for the first time are Stieg Larsson's essays and articles on right-wing extremism and racism, on violence against women and women's rights, on homophobia and honour killings.
Ferreira, Chico Whitaker: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Brazilian social-justice advocate. A Catholic activist, Whitaker is inspired by liberation theology and closely allied with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. (Born 1931).
Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley: Connexipedia Article
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Labour leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). (1890-1964).
Friedan, Betty: Connexipedia Article
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American writer, activist and feminist. (1921-2006).
Garcés, Juan: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Human rights activist. (Born 1967).
Garrison, William Lloyd: Connexipedia Article
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American abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer best known as the editor of the radical abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. (...
Global Crisis and Opportunity: Against The Current vol. 134
Terrall, Ben
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2008
Ben Terrall interviews Mike Davis. Mike Davis is a veteran writer and activist who cut his progressive teeth in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. He has worked as a meat cutter, long-dista...
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
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American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
Grassroots Power, Women and Transformation: An Interview with George Friday: Against The Current vol. 85
Luce, Stephanie
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2000
George Friday is an organizer with the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN)—a national network of organizations working to build alternatives to the two-party system. An African-American wo...
Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World
Bellar, Ken; Chase, Heather
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2008
Profiles 20 world's most effective activists in this five-part book. Each part highlights different types of peacemakers. Part One recognizes activists who stand out for their efforts of choosing non-...
Hamer, Fannie Lou: Connexipedia Article
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American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. (1917-1977).
Heap, Dan: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian politician with the New Democratic Party. (Born 1925).
Hennacy, Ammon: Connexipedia Article
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American pacifist, Christian anarchist, vegetarian, social activist, member of the Catholic Worker Movement and a Wobbly. (1893-1970).
Hill, Joe: Connexipedia Article
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Swedish-American labour activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. (1879-1915).
Hoffman, Abbie: Connexipedia Article
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Social and political activist in the United States who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies"). (1936-1989).
Huerta, Dolores: Connexipedia Article
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The co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Born 1930).
Ikanan, Evaristo Nugkuag: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Activist working to protect the rights of the indigenous people of the Amazon.
In Memory of Tim Costello
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2009
Remembering Tim Costello.
Jagannathan, Krishnammal and Sankaralingam: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winners
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Gandhian activists who have protested against social injustice.
Jones, Mary Harris (Mother Jones): Connexipedia Article
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American labour and community organizer, a Wobbly, and a Socialist. (1837-1930).
Jungk, Robert: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Austrian writer, journalists and peace activist who wrote mostly on issues relating to nuclear weapons. (1913-1994).
Keller, Helen: Connexipedia Article
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American author, political activist and lecturer. (1880-1968).
Kelly, Petra: Connexipedia Article
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Left-wing German politician. (1947-1992).
Kelly, Petra: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Left-wing German politician. (1947-1992).
King, Martin Luther Jr.: Connexipedia Article
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(1929-1968). Was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement.
Ki-Zerbo, Joseph: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Scholar, activist, and advocate for endogenous development. (1922-2006).
Klein, Bonnie Sherr: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Filmmaker, author, disability rights activist. (Born 1941).
Landsberg, Michele: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian writer, social activist and feminist. (Born 1935).
Lappé, Frances Moore: Connexipedia Article
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Activist and writer on food, hunger, economics, and democracy. (Born 1944).
Lappé, Frances Moore: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Activist and writer on food, hunger, economics, and democracy. (Born 1944).
Larkin, James: Connexipedia Article
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Irish trade union leader and socialist activist. (1876-1947).
Laxer, Robert: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian psychologist, professor, author, and political activist. (1915-1998).
LeBourdais, Isabel: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian journalist and author. (1909-2003).
Leon, Abraham: Connexipedia Article
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Jewish Trotskyist activist and theorist. (1918-1944).
Lessons of Life and Death from Henry Spira: By Any Compromise Necessary?: Against The Current vol. 85
Hunter, Kim
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2000
A friend of Henry Spira once asked him why he left teaching in New York City, where he was successful and loved by the students, to go into the animal rights struggle. Spira said that humans were more...
Livingstone, Kay: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Social activist, radio host. (1918-1975).
A Long View from the Left: Memoirs of an American Revolutionary
Richmond, Al
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1972
A memoir of a member of the American Communist Party.
Longuet, Jenny: Connexipedia Article
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Socialist activist. Daughter of Jenny von Westphalen and Karl Marx. (1844-1883).
Lynd, Staughton: Connexipedia Article
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American author, activist, historian, and lawyer. (Born 1929).
Maathai, Wangari: Connexipedia Article
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Winner of the1984 Right Livelihood Award and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. (Born 1940).
Maathai, Wangari: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Winner of the 1984 Right Livelihood Award and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. (Born 1940).
Mandela, Nelson: Connexipedia Article
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Anti-apartheid leader, first black to be elected President of South Africa. (Born 1918).
Martí, José: Connexipedia Article
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Cuban poet and rebel. (1953-1895).
Martin Glaberman: 1918 - 2001
Fettes, Neil
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2001
Marx, Eleanor: Connexipedia Article
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Socialist author and activist. (1855-1898).
McNaughton, Violet: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Feminist, journalist and activist. (1879-1968).
Menchú, Rigoberta: Connexipedia Article
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Winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. (Born 1959).
Mer-Khamis, Arna: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Israeli educator and human rights activist. (1929-1995).
Moffatt, Gary: Connexipedia Article
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2010
Canadian anarchist and activist.
Munir: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Indonesian human rights activist. (1965-2004).
Nader, Ralph: Connexipedia Article
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American attorney, author, lecturer, and political activist. (Born 1934).
Nearing, Scott: Connexipedia Article
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American radical economist, educator, writer, political activist, and advocate of simple living. (1883-1983).
Newton, Huey P.: Connexipedia Article
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Co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party. (1942-1989).
Ochs, Phil: Connexipedia Article
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U.S. protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, an...
One Woman Army: The Life of Claire Culhane
Lowe, Mick
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1992
A biography of Claire Culhane, member of the Canadian Communist Party, crusader for prison abolition, and peace activist opposed to the Vietnam war.
Orrego, Juan Pablo: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Chilean environment activist. (Born 1949).
Paine, Thomas: Connexipedia Article
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Author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary. (1737-1809).
A Parable of Women's Liberation: Against The Current vol. 134
Tax, Meredith
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2008
Interview with Meredith Tax.
Parks, Rosa: Connexipedia Article
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African American civil rights activist. (1913-2005).
Pauling, Linus: Connexipedia Article
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American chemist, peace activist, author, and educator. (1901-1994).
Peltier, Leonard: Connexipedia Article
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American activist and member of the American Indian Movement. (Born 1944).
Perlas, Nicanor: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Filipino opponent of corporate globalization. (Born 1950).
Perlman, Fredy: Connexipedia Article
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Radical author, publisher and activist. (1934-1985).
A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World
Dear, John
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2007
Jesuit priest John Dear ministers to the needy at the margins of society. He is a pacifist and anti-war activist who has spoken out against the Pentagon and the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. His vi...
Politkovskaya, Anna: Connexipedia Article
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Russian journalist, author and human rights activist. (1958-2006).
The Power of Women United: Against The Current vol. 134
Dawson, Kipp
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2008
Interview with Kipp Dawson.
Rebick, Judy: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian feminist, writer, and activist. (Born 1945).
la red del Che : the Che network
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Website devoted to the life and work of Che Guevara.
Reed, John: Connexipedia Article
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American journalist and communist activist. (1887-1920).
Remembering Dorothy Healey: An Activist with Vision: Against The Current vol. 125
Lieberman, Robbie
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2006
Dorothy Healey had a grand vision of a world in which there was no poverty, racism, or war, a world of genuine democracy. To me she represented what was most appealing about the Old Left — commitment,...
Roback, Léa: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
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Union organizer, social activist. (1903-2000).
Robeson, Paul: Connexipedia Article
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Musician, actor, speaker, lawyer, radical. (1898-1976).
Roy, Arundhati: Connexipedia Article
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Indian writer (in English) and activist. (Born 1961).
Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid
Hartley, Paul
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2013
Two leading activists of the fight against Apartheid, Ruth First and Joe Slovo, for the first time have received a comprehensive biography.
Saro-Wiwa, Ken: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Nigerian human rights activist. (1941-1995).
Sartre, Jean-Paul: Connexipedia Article
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French philosopher. (1905-1980).
Savio, Mario: Connexipedia Article
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American activist. (1942-1996).
Schmeiser, Percy and Louise: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winners
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Canadian farmers and opponents of GMO crops.
Scholl, Hans: Connexipedia Article
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A member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. (1918-1943).
Scholl, Sophie: Connexipedia Article
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A member of the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. (1921-1943).
Seeger, Pete: Connexipedia Article
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American folk singer. (Born 1919).
Sewell, John: Connexipedia Article
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Political activist and writer on municipal affairs. The mayor of Toronto, Canada from 1978 to 1980. (Born 1940).
Shadd, Mary Ann: Connexipedia Article
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A key figure in the Underground Railroad and a subscription agent for William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. (1823-1893).
She never was afraid: The biography of Annie Buller
Watson, Louise
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1976
The story of Annie Buller, a Canadian trade union activist and Communist.
Shiva, Vandana: Connexipedia Article
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Philosopher, environmental activist, eco feminist and author. (Born 1952).
Shiva, Vandana: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Environmental and women's activist. (Born 1952).
Sivaraksa, Sulak: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Thai democracy activist. (Born 1933).
The Story of Tatania
Baynac, Jacques
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The life of the young Russian revolutionary who in 1906 assassinated a man who she believed was a Tsarist minister.
Suzuki, David: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian science broadcaster and environmental activist. (Born 1936).
Toledo, Francisco: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
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Mexican community activist. (Born 1940).
Triple Jeopardy and the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon
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2008
Being bi- and female in the Asian movement also means putting in double, triple, quadruple time. The Third World Women’s Alliance, an offshoot of the Black Women’s Liberation Committee of the Student ...
Truth, Sojourner: Connexipedia Article
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African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. (1797-1883).
Tubman, Harriet: Connexipedia Article
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An African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. (1822-1913).
Tutu, Desmond: Connexipedia Article
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South African cleric, activist and opponent of apartheid. (Born 1931).
Watkins, Mel: Connexipedia Article
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Canadian political economist and activist. (Born 1932).
Ida B. Wells: A Black Woman's Fight Against Lynch Terror
Martin, Lisa
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2014
Born a slave in 1862 in the middle of the Civil War, Ida B. Wells was in the forefront of the fight for black rights in the post-Reconstruction era -- a time of widespread lynch-rope terror when black...
Wilberforce, William: Connexipedia Article
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British politician, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. (1759-1833).
Williams, Jody: Connexipedia Article
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Winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. (Born 1950).
Winstanley, Gerrard: Connexipedia Article
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English Protestant religious reformer and political activist, a member of the True Levellers. (1609-1676).
A Working-Class Hero Is Something To Be: Against The Current vol. 133
Early, Steve
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2008
As a 35-year veteran of union activity in America, I can personally attest that Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) was a rare bird, perhaps the last of his kind.
Malcolm X: Connexipedia Article
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African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. (1925-1965).
Zinn, Howard: Connexipedia Article
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American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright. (1922-2010).

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