Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. Here are 10 Truthdiggers from 2014 we think are worth reflecting upon at the end of the year.

Truthdigger of the Week: Documentary Filmmaker Marije Meerman Through testimony from the people who built it, Dutch filmmaker Marije Meerman has given us a singular view into the dark and dangerous future of digital investment and trade.

Truthdigger of the Week: Vera Scroggins Fracking protester Vera Scroggins’ physical mobility was limited by a court injunction pushed by energy corporations.

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video) If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Kathryn Edin (Video) Over decades of studying the lives of America’s poor, the Johns Hopkins sociologist has combined analytic rigor and compassion for others to defy popular prejudice and discover the hidden causes of mass behavior.

Truthdigger of the Week: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Sotomayor’s eloquent dissent against the decision to allow Michigan to discriminate by race and sex in the college admissions process has the power to wake those asleep in the dream of our country’s presumed inevitable progress.

Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Truthdigger of the Week: Yuval Diskin Dissent is at its most potent when it comes from within the ranks of the target party — as the former Israeli security leader demonstrated in an interview this week.

Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley The photojournalist slain by ISIS was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn The Irish journalist has written the definitive primer on the Middle East’s most ferocious and ambitious new pretenders to power: the Islamic State.

Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

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