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Karen Lewis, RIP

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On February 8, 2021
Karen Lewis, the amazing head of the Chicago Teachers Union who took on Rahm Emanuel and inspired a new generation of teacher militancy, has died. Former teachers union President Karen Lewis has died. Lewis, a Hyde Park native, was a passionate and vocal advocate for Chicago’s teachers and students for years, even as Chicago Public […]

John Sweeney, RIP

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On February 2, 2021

John Sweeney, who ran an upstart campaign in 1995 to take over the AFL-CIO presidency and revive the labor movement, has died. Sweeney in the end was never the transformative figure some had hoped. Bu

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Juan Guzmán Tapia, RIP

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On January 31, 2021
We need to note the passing of one of the heroes of modern times: Juan Guzmán Tapia, a Chilean judge who was the first person to prosecute the country’s onetime military ruler, Augusto Pinochet, using novel legal strategies to hold him and members of his regime accountable for killings and human rights offenses in the […]

Hank Aaron, RIP

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On January 22, 2021

The baseball Hall of Famer apocalypse continues with one of the true all time greats. Aaron had to put up with so much shit for breaking Babe Ruth’s record. The man had no reason to be all class

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Margo St. James, RIP

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On January 21, 2021
The issue of sex work is complicated one, but the absolute principle needs to be that sex workers have rights and those rights need to be respected. But if your work is criminalized, you have no rights at all. And that means workers die. Few did more to fight against the criminalization of sex work […]

Adelson

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On January 12, 2021

Try to hold back your tears on this sad, sad day. Sheldon Adelson has died at the age of 87 from complications relating to his treatment for lymphoma. Adelson is a major Republic donor and casino entr

John Le Carré, RIP

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On December 13, 2020

Dang, this is quite the bad weekend for losing major artistic figures. Le Carré is someone who I discovered relatively recently, although of course knowing of him forever. But I started reading his w

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Kim Ki-Duk, RIP

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On December 12, 2020
The great Korean film maker has died of COVID-19, at the age of only 59. At this point, any discussion of Kim has to note that he was heavily implicated in the #MeToo movement in South Korea and it sounds like he was a pretty bad dude. So there is that. There is also the […]

Charley Pride, RIP

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On December 12, 2020

COVID has taken another of our great country musicians, the pathbreaking Charley Pride. You can argue that Pride’s style of very smooth pop country is not the most influential today and maybe it

Maradona

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On November 25, 2020

Let’s just say that Maradona never did seem like a guy who was going to live to see 90. But he surely was one of the greatest players who ever played the world’s most popular game.

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