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Fallen Heroes of 2018

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RIP Rest In Power

There were thousands of organizers, activists and local social justice leaders around the world who died in 2018. People who may not have made the headlines, but did crucial work in their local communities. As we do every December, we bring you some of the voices and stories of our Fallen Heroes.

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  • Dorothy Cotton, civil rights pioneer

  • Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, researcher and Japanese internment survivor — remembered by Karen Ishizuka, chief curator at the Japanese American National Museum

  • Muhiyidin Moye aka D’Baha, black Lives Matter Charleston leader — remembered by Kim Duncan, sister of Muhiyidin Moye

  •  Marielle Franco, Brazilian activist and Rio de Janeiro city councilor — remembered by Allyne Andrade, Brazilian lawyer and human rights activist

  • Ray Hill, LGBTQ and prison activist — remembered by Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston and President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute

  • Saw O Moo, Burmese environmental and human rights activist — remembered by Hsa Moo, Karen Environmental and Social Action Network media coordinator

  • Kiilu Nyasha, Black Panther and host of “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” — remembered by Billy X Jennings, Black Panther archivist

  • Ursula Le Guin, science fiction novelist


  • Host and Segment Producer: Andrew Stelzer
  • Producer: Monica Lopez
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
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Author: Radio Project

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