List of Famous Anti-death penalty activists People

List of Famous Anti-death penalty activists

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List of the most notable and famous Anti-death penalty activists in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Anti-death penalty activists worldwide and top Anti-death penalty activists in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Anti-death penalty activists to the lesser known Anti-death penalty activists in history and today, these are the top Anti-death penalty activists in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Anti-death penalty activists in the world?". The list you're viewing has a variety of people, like Albert Camus and Yoshihiro Yasuda, in it. Use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. (37 Items)


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    Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1913-1960)
    • Birthplace: Dréan, Algeria
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The First Man, The Stranger, The plague, Fate, Die Gerechten, + more
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    Voltaire
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    François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1694-1778)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Historian, Writer, Philosopher, + more
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    Joan Baez is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Pacifist, Activist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Dont Look Back, The Garden, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, + more
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    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Educator, Author, Actor, Political Activist, + more
    • Credits: Black is... Black Ain't, The History Makers: Courage
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    Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H. He is an activist for various political causes. Farrell was a producer of Patch Adams starring Robin Williams, and has starred on the television series Providence.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
    • Profession: Activist, Public speaker, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: M*A*S*H, The Graduate, Superman: The Animated Series, Patch Adams, Providence, + more
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    Clarence Darrow
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    Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks. Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1857-1938)
    • Birthplace: Kinsman Township, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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    Ramsey Clark
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    William Ramsey Clark is an American lawyer, activist and former federal government official. A progressive, New Frontier liberal, he occupied senior positions in the United States Department of Justice under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, notably serving as United States Attorney ...more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Texas, Dallas, Contiguous United States, Area code 972, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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    Christopher Latham Sholes
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    Christopher Latham Sholes was an American inventor who invented the first practical typewriter and the QWERTY keyboard still in use today. He was also a newspaper publisher and Wisconsin politician.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1819-1890)
    • Birthplace: Mooresburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Inventor
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    Stephen Fain "Steve" Earle is an American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. He grew up near San Antonio, Texas, and began learning the guitar at age 11. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. His breakthrough ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Hampton, Fort Monroe
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Nashville, Leaves of Grass, Courting Condi, Musicwood
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    Ludovic Kennedy
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    Sir Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy was a British journalist, broadcaster, humanist and author best known for re-examining cases such as the Lindbergh kidnapping and the murder convictions of Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley, and for his role in the abolition of the death penalty in the United Kingdom.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1919-2009)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician, Journalist, Author, Presenter
    • Credits: Heavens Above!, 10 Rillington Place, A Life In Pieces, Did You See...?
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    Mumia Abu-Jamal is an American activist and journalist who was convicted and sentenced to death in July 1982 for the December 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal became involved in black nationalism in his youth and was a member of the Black Panther Party until October ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Radio personality, Writer
    • Credits: The Jena 6, Zapatista, The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation
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    Kevin Cooper

    Kevin Cooper is a death row inmate currently held in California's San Quentin Prison. Cooper was convicted of four murders that occurred in the Chino Hills area of California in 1983. Since his imprisonment, Cooper, who is African American, has become active in writing letters from prison decrying the ...more

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    • Age: age 57
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    Nat Hentoff
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    Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff is an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media and writes regularly on jazz and country music for The Wall Street Journal. Hentoff was formerly a columnist for Down Beat, The Village Voice, JazzTimes, Legal Times, ...more

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Historian, Author, Writer, Critic, + more
    • Credits: Improvisation, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Lenny Bruce Without Tears
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    Shadi Sadr is an Iranian lawyer, journalist, and an Iranian women's rights activist.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Iran
    • Profession: Journalist, Writer, Lawyer
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    Will Davis Campbell was a Baptist minister, activist, author, and lecturer. Throughout his life, he was a notable white supporter of civil rights in the Southern United States. In addition to his activism, Campbell was also a noted author, particularly with his autobiographical work Brother to a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1924-2013)
    • Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Author
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    Samuel Sydney Silverman was a British Labour politician and vocal opponent of capital punishment.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1895-1968)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pacifist, Politician
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    Parviz Ghelichkhani Persian: پرویز قلیچ خانی ‎, born 4 December 1945 in Tehran, Iran) is an Azeri–Iranian retired football player and former captain of Iran national football team. He is now based in France, where he is the editor and publisher of a political magazine.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
    • Profession: Journalist
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    Helen Prejean

    Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Credits: Dead Man Walking, On the Line
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    Mina Ahadi born 1956 is an Iranian-Austrian human rights activist. As a Communist political activist she is a current member of the Central Committee and Politburo of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran. Mina Ahadi is opposed to faith based laws and promotes citizenship rights and one secular law for ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Abhar, Iran
    • Profession: Spokesperson
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    Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, possibly Amiri-Moghadam, is a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist and human rights advocate. Amiry-Moghaddam spent his first few years in the city of Kerman about 1000 kilometers south-east of Tehran in Iran. He arrived in Norway as a refugee of minor age, via Pakistan in ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Kerman, Iran
    • Profession: Neuroscientist, Human rights activist
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