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Danny Schechter Lives

My old and dear friend Danny Schechter died last week of pancreatic cancer. Danny Schechter the news dissector, a great radical journalist, and a critical ally of the African National Congress and the South African revolution lived for 72 years. As a footnote to his life but a big thing in mine he was the first person who organized me into The Movement in 1960.

Danny’s life was and is one of non-stop dedication to social justice and the world revolution.

* Organizer with the Northern Student Movement

* Anti-apartheid activist who worked closely with the African National Congress

* Organizer, along with Steven Van ZandtArtists United Against Apartheid who released the album Sun City in 1985.

* Producer and director of six nonfiction films about Nelson Mandela from the time he was a political prisoner to his election and service as President of South Africa.

* News Director of WBCN in Boston, an alternative FM Station, where he positioned himself as Danny Schechter Your News Dissector

* Producer for the 20/20 news magazine on ABC and won 2 Emmy awards

* Producer in the early days of CNN

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