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After forty years of social and political activism, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the...

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Tom Hayden: Things Come Around in the Mideast


From the archives: The veteran social activist, drawing upon his own rude political awakening to the realities of Israeli and Middle East politics during the 1980s, warns that the Israel lobby in the U.S. aims to roll back the clock and change the map of the region, and that its neoconservative supporters will probably try to use the current Middle East crisis to ignite a larger war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.

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Tom Hayden on Iraq: Beyond the Horizon, the Storm


From the archives: In 2006, the veteran social activist warned that an increasingly mainstream anti-war movement can become unwieldy and prone to loss of focus: “We no longer are a huddling minority. ... We are immersed in the gradual soul-searching currents of the mainstream, where loss of direction is a constant risk.”

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Tom Hayden: Revolution, Protest and America


From the archives: The social and political activist discusses the war in Iraq, U.S.-Cuba relations, and America’s war on drugs (translated from a Cuban newspaper).

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Tom Hayden: Who Are You Calling an Immigrant?


From the archives: The fundamental issue underlying the attitudes of the May Day protesters is that “either the Mexicans (and other Latinos) are immigrants to a country called the United States or the U.S. is a Machiavellian power that denies occupying one-half of Mexico for 156 years.”

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Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement


From the archives: The veteran social activist wrote a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military-industrial complex.

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Tom Hayden on Mark Rudd

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Forty years after he helped destroy SDS, Mark Rudd condemns his role in Weatherman as “the greatest single mistake of my life … a historical crime.” How did it happen and what did it mean? Why did peaceful protest give way to violent resistance? What lessons are to be learned from the failure to spurn the seductions of charismatic cults?

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Tom Hayden Strikes Back

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Chris Hedges is wrong. The left hasn’t lost its nerve, it has found a voice capable of rallying millions. Progressives shouldn’t turn their noses up at that kind of movement just because it isn’t perfect.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE

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Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden

After forty years of social and political activism, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.

Recently Hayden drafted and lobbied successfully for Los Angeles and San Francisco ordinances to end all taxpayer subsidies for sweatshops. Hayden recently taught at Pitzer College, Occidental College, and Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

Hayden has written eyewitness accounts for The Nation, where he serves on the editorial board, about the global justice movements in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Chiapas, and India. Hayden is the author and editor of many books including “Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader”, “The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama”, “Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial” and “Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today.”

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