Nancy Clark Shakir was born on August 29, 1939, and died on March 2017. She was an American politician and a Democratic. She was a candidate for Congress in 2010 for North Carolina’s 8th congressional district, which stretches from Charlotte to Fayetteville. She won 14,600 votes (37.30% of the total) but lost to Larry Kissell, ..
Vida Hajebi was born in 1936 and died in 2017. She was an Iranian social justice activist and writer. Vida Hajebi Tabrizi was arrested in July 1972 in Tehran, and imprisoned for 6 year. Tabrizi wrote several books. Tabrizi’s book “Daad va Bidaad” – in Persian – was about women in prisons in Iran. Tabrizi ..
Margaret Anne Mitchell (née Learoyd) was born on July 17, 1925, and died on March 8, 2017. She was a social activist and the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Vancouver East from 1979 until 1993. Professionally trained as a social worker. Margaret was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons ..
Bassel al-Araj died on March 6, 2017. He was a Palestinian activist, author, and pharmacist. Al Araj was a graduate of an Egyptian university and was known for his writings about revolution and resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. He is known as “the educated martyr” among some Palestinian activists. Al-Araj was a native ..
Pierre Guénin was born on February 19, 1927, and died on March 1, 2017. He was a French journalist and gay rights activist. He was an early publisher of LGBT magazines in the late 1960s and the 1970s, and the founder of the LGBT film awards in France. Pierre Guénin was the founder of the ..
Gustav Metzger was born on April 10, 1926 and died on March 1, 2017. He was an artist and political activist. Metzger developed the concept of Auto-Destructive Art and the Art Strike. Working along with John Sharkey, he initiated the Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966. He was recognised for his protests in the political ..
Essa Moosa was born on February 8, 1936 and died on February 26, 2017. He was a judge in the Supreme Court of South Africa. Throughout the apartheid era, Moossa was active as a lawyer defending political detainees and was a founding member of the anti-apartheid National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel). During 2004, Moosa ..
Norma Leah McCorvey was born (née Nelson) on September 22, 1947, and died on February 18, 2017. She better known by the legal pseudonym “Jane Roe”. She was the plaintiff in the landmark American lawsuit Roe v. Wade in 1973. The Ruling of The U.S. Supreme Court was that individual state laws banning abortion are ..
Edward R. “Ed” Garvey was born on April 18, 1940, and died on February 22, 2017. He was an American lawyer, politician, and activist. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin–Madison) and spent two years in the U.S. Army. After he returned to Madison and entered the University of Wisconsin ..
Nick Dupree was born on February 23, 1982, and died on February 18, 2017. He was a disability rights activist and writer. Dupree’s campaign labeled “Nick’s Crusade” resulted in a special program for 30 ventilator-dependent Alabamians (including himself and his younger brother) to continue home care after they turn 21 years old He resided in ..