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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (1929-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Gwendolyn Midlo Hall (1929-2022)

Civil rights activist Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall died August 29, 2022, in Guanajuato, Mexico. As a member of a politically liberal family, she engaged in activism from an early age. She was born June 27, 1929, in New Orleans to Herbert Midlo and Ethel Samuelson. Her father was a Jewish immigrant, from what is...
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Jim Skillman (1946-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Jim Skillman (1946-2022)

James Douglas Skillman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, lifelong soldier in the fight for social justice, and longtime member of the ALBA board and honorary board, passed away October 20, 2022, at the age of 76. Jim was born January 24, 1946, to Mary Noreen Skillman (nee Yeargin) in a Miami, Florida, Army hospital. After...
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Corine Hodges Thornton (1922-2022)

November 19, 2022
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Corine Hodges Thornton (1922-2022)

She lived in California most of her life but never lost the distinctive accent she learned as a daughter of the heartland. Legend has it that she was related to Jesse James, an early proponent of the redistribution of wealth, and that she knew the story of Mary Yellin Lease, the prairie populist who...
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Growing Up Scared: A Memoir

November 19, 2022
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Growing Up Scared: A Memoir

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of a Lincoln vet in Cold-War America?
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Sister Andrea Sender (1936-2022)

August 18, 2022
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Sister Andrea Sender (1936-2022)

Sister Benedicta (aka Andrea Sender), daughter of the celebrated Spanish novelist Ramón J. Sender, who lived in exile in the United States from Franco’s fascist regime, died on June 11. Her parents—Ramón, the prize-winning novelist, and his wife, Amparo Barayón—were strong opponents of the uprising in 1936. At the outbreak of the war, her...
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Almudena Grandes (1960-2021)

February 11, 2022
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Almudena Grandes (1960-2021)

Spanish author Almudena Grandes, who died in November, aged 61, was famed for her novels portraying ordinary Spaniards’ experience of civil war and dictatorship. Against attempts to veil the past in silence, she insisted that unearthing historical memory was fundamental to building a democratic Spain.
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In Memoriam: Manus O’Riordan (1949-2021)

November 6, 2021
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<em>In Memoriam:</em> Manus O’Riordan (1949-2021)

It’s always sad when someone dies prematurely, but there is some consolation that Manus’s final hours were spent doing what he loved and dedicated to what he did much of his life.
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In Memoriam: Edward Asner (1929-2021)

November 6, 2021
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<em>In Memoriam:</em> Edward Asner (1929-2021)

The actor Ed Asner, who passed away in August, was a tireless activist and a faithful friend of the Veterans of the Lincoln Brigade.
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Josep Almudéver Mateu (1919-2021)

August 14, 2021
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Josep Almudéver Mateu (1919-2021)

Last May 23, our dear veteran Josep Almudéver Mateu died in France. At 101 he was, as far as we know, the very last surviving veteran of the International Brigades, and certainly the last one to be an activist until the very end. Josep had wanted to return to his beloved Valencia this summer...
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Eddie O’Neill (1915-2021)

August 9, 2021
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Eddie O’Neill (1915-2021)

Eddie O’Neill was born in the same County Tyrone neighborhood as the poet Charlie Donnelly (1914-1937), who was killed in action at Jarama while serving as a platoon leader with the James Connolly Section of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. Inspired by the sacrifice of his fellow countryman and fellow Irish Socialist Republican, Eddie set...
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