PreliminarHuby topics worked on at the 2013 Aaron Swartz Hackathon were privacy and software tools, transparency, activism, access, legal fixes, and a low-cost book scanner. In January 2014, Lawrence Lessig led a walk across New Hampshire in honor of Swartz, rallying for campaign finance reform.
Alicia Silverstone (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress. She made her film debut in The Crush (1993), earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared at the age of 16 in the music video for Aerosmith's "Cryin'".
Born near Yuma, Arizona, on March 31, 1927, Cesar Chavez employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers, and formed both the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers. As a labor leader, Chavez led marches, called for boycotts and went on several hunger strikes. It is believed that Chavez's hunger strikes contributed to his death on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, Arizona.
Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez told Yahoo that her sexual orientation and her drive to lead the anti-gun movement are inextricably connected. Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez told Yahoo that her sexual orientation and her drive to lead the anti-gun movement are inextricably connected.
Watson’s UN speech to launch her HeforShe campaign in 2014 was an inspiration for Malala Yousafzai, 18-year-old Nobel Prize winner and human rights speaker from Pakistan, and thought feminism was a “tricky word” but now believed everyone should be a feminist; “after hearing your speech I decided there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist.
Jane Fonda: Jane Fonda, American film actress, daughter of Henry Fonda, noted for her political activism, especially during the Vietnam War. She is best known for such movies as Barefoot in the Park (1967), Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978), and Nine to Five (1980).
Notable for her LGBT rights activism, Jennings was born male but embraced her female transgender identity at a young age. The subject of a YouTube video series titled I am Jazz, she also began starring in a TLC docu-series under the same name in July of 2015.
In December 1971, Lennon appeared at a benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for peace activist John Sinclair, who had been arrested in 1969 for selling two joints to an undercover policewoman and was sentenced to ten years in prison (hence the lyric “They gave him ten for two” in Lennon’s song “John Sinclair”).
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as visual experimentation. Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays.
Malala Day. At Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 speech at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pronounced July 12th – Yousafzai's birthday – 'Malala Day' in honor of the young leader’s activism to ensure education for all children. “Malala chose to mark her 16th birthday with the world,” said Ban.
Martin Luther King Sr. (born Michael King; December 19, 1899 – November 11, 1984), was an American Baptist pastor, missionary, and an early figure in the Civil Rights Movement.  He was the father of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was born on July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi. In 1954, he became the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. As such, he organized voter-registration efforts and economic boycotts, and investigated crimes perpetrated against blacks.
In addition to her music career, Makeba, a black South African, was a prominent civil rights activist, speaking out against apartheid in South Africa. Final Years Miriam Makeba continued making music and fighting for causes that she believed in until her death, following a heart attack on November 9, 2008, at the age of 76, in Castel Volturno, Italy.
– Nelson Mandela. With the passing of Nelson Mandela, we say goodbye to one of our greatest leaders, visionaries, and heroes. Steve and I had the privilege to meet President Mandela a few years ago, and I have long admired his courage, persistence, and fearless spirit.
Rigoberta Menchú, (born January 9, 1959, Guatemala), Guatemalan Indian-rights activist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1992. Menchú, of the Quiché Maya group, spent her childhood helping with her family’s agricultural work; she also likely worked on coffee plantations.
Rosa Parks, née Rosa Louise McCauley, (born February 4, 1913, Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.—died October 24, 2005, Detroit, Michigan), African American civil rights activist whose refusal to relinquish her seat on a public bus to a white man precipitated the 1955–56 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, which is recognized as the spark that ignited the U.S. civil rights movement.
Ruby Bridges, in full Ruby Nell Bridges, married name Ruby Bridges-Hall, (born September 8, 1954, Tylertown, Mississippi, U.S.), American activist who became a symbol of the civil rights movement and who was at age six the youngest of a group of African American students to integrate schools in the American South.
Bantu Stephen Biko was born on December 18, 1946, in King William's Town, South Africa, in what is now the Eastern Cape province. Politically active at a young age, Biko was expelled from high school for his activism, and subsequently enrolled at St. Francis College in the Mariannhill area of KwaZulu-Natal.