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Louise Koszalka dies at 100

Louise (Jones) Ferragut Koszalka, May 12, 1914, to Oct. 31, 2014, passed away peacefully at home with her family.

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Civil rights radical Yuri Kochiyama dies at age 93

Yuri Kochiyama died June 1 in Berkeley, Calif., at age 93. The lifelong champion of civil rights catapulted to national attention under tragic circumstances.

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Author, poet, activist Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement.

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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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