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Fallen Heroes 2015


Thousands of local social justice organizers passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2015.

Featured Fallen Heroes

  • Grace Lee Boggs, activist, philosopher and movement builder
  • Danny Schechter, author and media critic
  • John Warshow, anti-nuclear campaigner and hydro power developer
  • Emiliano Amor Mataka, Environmental Justice activist, co-founder Valley Improvement Projects
  • Hashem Al-Azzeh, Palestinian peace activist
  • Juan Evans, trans activist
  • Hank Williams, Platform Summit founder
  • Shannon Williams, Sex Workers Outreach Project board co-chair
  • Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Voices reflecting on fallen heroes
  • Rob Yanagida and Michelle Puckett, National Network of Visionary Organizers members
  • Hishem Sharabati, Hebron Defense Committee activist
  • Martin Reynolds, Oakland Tribune Senior Editor
  • John Mataka, Central California Environmental Justice Network co-founder
  • Naomi Akers, St James infirmary Executive Director
  • Everette Thompson, former co-director of the Racial Justice Action Center

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