Tom Hayden

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Tom Hayden "has been a force in American politics since the 1960s anti-war civil rights movements. As a college student he helped to found the organization Students for a Democratic Society and wrote the group’s famous Port Huron Statement. In 1968 he was arrested with the Chicago Seven. In 1982, Hayden was elected to the California State Legislature, where he served for ten years in the Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 1992, where he served eight years. He was honored as “legislator of the year” by the American Lung Association for his battles against the tobacco industry, by the California League Conservation Voters for his environmental leadership, by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for his civil rights achievements, and by the UC and Cal State student associations for his commitment to affordable higher education.

"Hayden is a writer, a teacher, and a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation. He is currently the national director of No More Sweatshops!, a group encompassing labor, church, campus and community coalitions. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute and an former adjunct professor at Occidental College. Hayden is the author of over a dozen books including Street Wars (2004), Rebels: A Personal History of the Sixties (2002), The Zapatista Reader (2001), and Irish on the Inside (2001). He frequently writes for a range of publications including The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, among others." [1]

According to Toni Solo: "On June 16th [2008] the Nicaraguan centre-right newspaper El Nuevo Diario published a letter [1] from various well known people calling for the Nicaraguan coalition government, led by the Sandinista FSLN, not to shut down political freedom and to hold a national dialogue to address the food crisis and the high cost of living in Nicaragua." Cosignatories of the letter included Noam Chomsky, Susan Meiselas, Ariel Dorfman, Salman Rushdie, Eduardo Galeano, Hermann Schulz, Juan Geiman, Brian Willson, Tom Hayden, Bianca Jagger, & Mario Benedetti. [5]

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  1. Tom Hayden, Just Foreign Policy, accessed September 12, 2007.
  2. Board, Just Foreign Policy, accessed September 12, 2007.
  3. Founders and Advisors, Campaign for America's Future, accessed August 4, 2007.
  4. Masthead, The Nation, accessed November 25, 2008.
  5. Toni Solo, At Work for John Negroponte?, The Fanonite, June 19, 2008.