Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman (1869–1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women’s equality and independence, and union organization. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War

Rosa Parks

The legend of Sister Rosas act of courage and dignity is often described simply as moment of defiance in a one-day out of the blue incident. In truth it was an act of preparation. Rosa Parks worked hard at her political consciousness. She registered people to vote, took the stairs at work, rather than ride the Negro Only elevators, and resisted entering the back door of buses as far back as 1943.

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested,” she later said. “I got on the bus to go home.” (…) “When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.”

Jolie Rickman

Jolie Rickman was a fiercely independent musician with a strong community of support. In recent years she as welcomed into colleges, universities, cafes, clubs, radio stations and stereo systems across the country. In Spring 2000 Jolie released her third full-length cd Suffer To Be Beautiful.Whether she was outside freezing her fingers off in front of a thousand women’s, peace, or union demonstrators; java jivin’

Felicia Atsepoyi (Mama Ayo)

“My name is Felicia Atsepoyi, but you can call me Mama Ayo. That’s what everyone in my village of Ugborodo calls me. My village is right across the creek from the ChevronTexaco terminal that pumps oil deep in Nigeria’s delta. We live in shacks with no electricity or indoor plumbing, but you should see that

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is a left-wing American broadcast journalist and author. She is best known as the host of Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! program. As an investigative journalist, Goodman has aggressively pursued human rights violations in East Timor, Nigeria, and other countries.