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Saturday, Jun 18, 2005, 7:12 am

Honoring James Weinstein’s memory

By Jessica Clark

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In These Times founder and long-time editor/publisher James Weinstein died this week after a battle with brain cancer. Contributing Editor Doug Ireland has written a fitting tribute that details Jimmy's career and influence.

He was "an important figure in the life of the mind of American radicalism for four decades," writes Ireland, as well as "a good-humored, warm-hearted man, a valued mentor to many younger radicals and journalists, and his commitment to democratic socialism and social justice was evergreen and vivid."

In our next issue, Jimmy's friends and colleagues will explore his personal story, political history and intellectual legacy. Those wishing to honor his memory should follow the advice he offered to every young leftist he encountered: read his last book, The Long Detour.

Jessica Clark is a writer, editor and researcher, with more than 15 years of experience spanning commercial, educational, independent and public media production. Currently she is the Research Director for American University’s Center for Social Media. She also writes a monthly column for PBS’ MediaShift on new directions in public media. She is the author, with Tracy Van Slyke, of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (2010, New Press).

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