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'Ah Baby, We Gotta Go Now': Music Legend John Prine Dies at 73 After Battle With Coronavirus

The celebrated songwriter and performer "captured the simplicities and the complexities of the human existence in stark and stunning glory."

Jon Queally, staff writer ·


Common Dreams Mourns Passing of Longtime Contributor and Climate Activist John Atcheson

"We can leave a legacy of a world in which hope flourishes and dreams prosper, or we can leave a legacy in which hopes are diminished and most dreams are nightmares," Atcheson once wrote. "Those are now our choices. Our only choices."

Jon Queally, staff writer ·


'A Stark Loss for American Journalism': Reporter and Author William Greider Dies at Age 83

"He was an old school journalist from the pre-internet era when journalists actually sat down and took time to talk to regular people."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·


Aretha Franklin, Soul Legend and Icon of Civil Rights and Feminist Movements, Dies at 76

"Aretha Franklin was a force behind the scenes during the civil rights movement—donating concert proceeds, posting bail for activists, hosting fundraisers, and using her platform to promote voting rights."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


Ron Dellums, Radical Antiwar Activist, Unlikely House Armed Services Chairman, Dead at 82

In 1993, the House chose socialist Ron Dellums as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, with oversight for defense appropriations and global military operations.

Common Dreams staff ·


In Hopes That Death 'Might Serve Others,' Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate David Buckel Lights Himself on Fire in Fossil Fuel Protest

"My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves," wrote the prominent LGBTQ rights lawyer in suicide note

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


Stephen Hawking, Who Brought Cosmology to the Masses and Championed Progressive Causes, Dies at 76

"Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world."

Julia Conley, staff writer ·


Barry Crimmins, Anti-War Comic and Crusader Against Child Abuse, Dies at 64

The stand-up comedian spoke out against war and sexual abuse, and was beloved by fellow comedians for his honest and caustic political commentary

Julia Conley, staff writer ·



Calls to Ramp Up Global Fights for Human Rights After Death of Pakistani Advocate Asma Jahangir

"The best tribute to her is to continue her fight for human rights and democracy."

Jessica Corbett, staff writer ·