Tom Hayden
American politician
Tom Hayden
Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden is an American social and political activist and politician, known for his involvement in the animal rights, and the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. He is the former husband of actress Jane Fonda and the father of their son, actor Troy Garity.
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Activist, politician Tom Hayden is remembered at UCLA memorial
LATimes - 4 days
When Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, the senator’s family picked Tom Hayden to be an honorary pallbearer at the funeral because the young antiwar activist embodied “the great hope that my father had in the future of our country,” Robert Kennedy Jr. recalled Sunday night at a memorial for...
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Heyday Books Publisher Steve Wasserman Discusses the Future of the Printed Word
Huffington Post - 19 days
In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," Steve Wasserman, former editor at Yale University Press and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and publisher of Heyday Books, speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about actual books and e-books and recounts how Malcolm Margolin founded the imprint to champion indigenous people. Wasserman has worked with many authors, including Tom Hayden and Christopher Hitchens, and was once Scheer's agent. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Now Buoyed By The FBI, Clintons Fight To Hold On Against Trump ... Or, Not Quite Tales From The Vault
Huffington Post - 4 months
With just six words, "We have not changed our conclusions," FBI Director James Comey may have ensured a perilous victory for Hillary Clinton. The hotly contentious review of newly discovered State Department-related e-mails, this time unaccountably on the laptop of one of the ultimate security risks, repeatedly disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, ended as it began. With the Clinton operation's handling of sensitive e-mails viewed as extremely careless but not criminally liable, and with plenty of unanswered questions. Hillary had already been in trouble with Wikileaks revelations of how former President Bill Clinton used the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as U.S. secretary of stated to amass stunning amounts of personal income. Clearly, neither story is over. But with no big new revelation coming from Wikileaks and its likely source in Russian intelligence, and if most of the polling is accurate, the Democratic turnout machine executes efficiently, and the Clintons and ...
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Tom Hayden, A Warrior For Justice: Rest In Peace
Huffington Post - 4 months
I considered Tom Hayden a friend and a colleague. We did not get together often, but we collaborated on a number of occasions, I teaching with him in a class he offered on deep ecology years ago at a community college in Santa Monica; he lecturing at my university. When I was stepping down as president of my University of Creation Spirituality, I invited him to take over as president. He took the invitation very seriously and came up to Oakland for us to interview him and he to interview us. Unfortunately he turned the invitation down after serious deliberation, citing his need to remain free from institutional demands in order to maintain his true vocation as an activist and researcher. We shared books we and others wrote. He was both an activist and a true intellectual because he was a relentless asker of questions. His scholarship was always directed, as is the Irish way, toward behavior and action. When he joined the civil rights movement in the south as a young man ...
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Tom Hayden's Last March
Huffington Post - 4 months
On Saturday October 29, 2016, surrounded by wife Barbara, sons Liam and Troy, and 200 family and close friends, Tom Hayden's ashes were carried from the central chapel at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery to his final resting place. It was his last march after decades of innumerable marches for the causes to which he had passionately, courageously, and relentlessly devoted his life. As my wife and I walked in the long procession, I recalled a conversation two days earlier in my office, with a thoughtful young law school graduate in the process of deciding his professional future. We talked about his view of the world and the direction of the planet his generation is in the process of inheriting. They are "angry," he said, because "no generation has ever faced the serious challenges of this one" - challenges like income inequality, student debt, automation, climate change, and diminishing job opportunities caused, among other things, by free trade agreements gone wrong. It was ...
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Tom Hayden, Courageous Warrior For Peace
The Huffington Post - 4 months
When Tom Hayden died on Oct. 23, we lost a courageous warrior for peace and equality. Hayden was on the front lines of nearly every major progressive struggle for more than 50 years. Vilified by the Right and at times criticized from the Left, Hayden remained steadfast in his commitment to social, economic and racial justice. An activist, political theorist, organizer, writer, speaker and teacher, Hayden was a Freedom Rider in the South during the 1960s; a founder of Students for a Democratic Society; a leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement; a community organizer; a negotiator of a gang truce in Venice, California; the author of more than 19 books; and an elected official in California for nearly two decades. More...
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Tom Hayden: passionate liberal activist, dedicated Dodger fan
LATimes - 4 months
To the editor: Tom Hayden was also a real baseball guy. For 10 years, he was the starting first baseman for my team. (“'The radical inside the system': Tom Hayden, protester-turned-politician, dies at 76,” Oct. 23) On his 70th birthday, we met at Clover Park in Santa Monica, and I pitched him 70...
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Stanley Sheinbaum, Tom Hayden and the end of an L.A. leftist era
LATimes - 4 months
It’s been an emotionally tough couple of months for the Los Angeles left. In September, Stanley Sheinbaum, anti-Vietnam War activist and faux-grumpy host of countless liberal gatherings, died in his Brentwood home at 96. On Sunday, Tom Hayden, author of the seminal document of the ’60s New Left,...
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Tom Hayden allies pay tribute to his dogged pursuit of liberal causes
LATimes - 4 months
The day before his death, Tom Hayden was talking with his ex-wife Jane Fonda in his Santa Monica hospital room when conversation turned to a 1961 “Freedom Ride” in the Deep South, his initiation into the civil rights movement. “He met activists who were willing to die for what they believed was...
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Tom Hayden, Anti-Vietnam War Activist Turned Lawmaker, Dies
NPR - 4 months
Longtime social and political activist Tom Hayden has died. He was a key figure during the 1960s anti-war protests, and later channeled that passion into public service as a California state assemblyman.
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WATCH: Tom Hayden, Famed 1960s Anti-War Activist, Dies at 76
ABC News - 4 months
Hayden died on Sunday after a long illness, said his wife, Barbara Williams, noting that he suffered a stroke in 2015.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Hayden
  • 2008
    Age 68
    During January 2008, Hayden wrote an opinion essay for the website The Huffington Post endorsing Barack Obama's presidential bid in the Democratic primaries.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year, he helped initiate Progressives for Obama (now called Progressive America Rising), a group of political progressives that provided assistance for Obama in his initial presidential campaign. Hayden is known widely in California as a staunch endorser of animal rights and was responsible for writing the bill popularly known as the Hayden Act, which improved protection of pets and extended holding periods for pets confined as strays or surrendered to shelters. Hayden is currently running to be one of California's representatives to the Democratic National Committee. Tom Hayden has taught numerous courses on social movements, including a course called "From the '60s to the Obama Generation" at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, two courses at Scripps College, a sister school to Pitzer—one on the Long War and one on gangs in America, and has taught at Occidental College and at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He is currently teaching a class at UCLA on protests from Port Huron to the present.
  • 2007
    Age 67
    During 2007, Akashic Books released Hayden's Ending the War in Iraq.
    More Details Hide Details In a discussion about the book with Theodore Hamm, published in the Brooklyn Rail, Hayden argues: "The apparatus of occupation is never going to turn into a peacekeeping economic development agency. We need to withdraw our stamp of approval and our tax dollars from supporting the occupation. That doesn't mean that there can't be some attempts at remedies but there should never be used as an excuse to stay."
    In 2007, Hayden made news for his speech at the wedding of his son Troy, where, as Hilton Als wrote in The New Yorker, he "said that he was especially happy about his son's union with actress Simone Bent, who is black, because, among other things, it was 'another step in a long-term goal of mine: the peaceful, nonviolent disappearance of the white race.'"
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  • 2001
    Age 61
    Hayden serves as a member of the advisory board for the Progressive Democrats of America, an organization created to increase progressive political cooperation and influence within the Democratic Party. He also serves on the advisory board of the Levantine Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in 2001 that champions cultural literacy about the Middle East and North Africa.
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    During 2001, he unsuccessfully sought election to the Los Angeles City Council.
    More Details Hide Details He lives in Los Angeles and is married to actress Barbara Williams. They adopted a son, Liam, born during 2000.
  • 1999
    Age 59
    During 1999, Hayden made a speech for the Seattle WTO protests.
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  • 1994
    Age 54
    He mounted a bid in the Democratic primary for California Governor during 1994 on the theme of campaign finance reform, and ran for Mayor of Los Angeles during 1997, losing to incumbent Republican Richard Riordan.
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  • 1990
    Age 50
    He and Jane divorced in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Writing about Hayden's role in the 1960s New Left, Nicholas Lemann, national correspondent for The Atlantic, said that "Tom Hayden changed America", calling him "father to the largest mass protests in American history", and Richard N. Goodwin, who was a speechwriter for presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy, said that Hayden, "without even knowing it, inspired the Great Society. Staughton Lynd, though, was critical of the Port Huron and New Left concept of "participatory democracy" stating, "we must recognize that when an organization grows to a certain size, consensus decision-making is no longer possible and some form of representative government becomes necessary."
  • 1987
    Age 47
    As a member of the State Assembly, Hayden introduced the bill that became Chapter 1238 of the California Statutes of 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Chapter 1238 enacted Section 76060.5 of the California Education Code. Section 76060.5 allows the establishment of "student representation fees" at colleges in the California Community Colleges System. The fee has been established at several dozen colleges and it may be used "to provide support for governmental affairs representatives of local or statewide student body organizations who may be stating their positions and viewpoints before city, county, and district governments, and before offices and agencies of state government". Student representation fees are used to support the operation of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
  • 1976
    Age 36
    During 1976, Hayden made a primary-election challenge to serving California U.S. Senator John V. Tunney.
    More Details Hide Details Starting far behind, Hayden mounted a spirited campaign and finished a surprisingly close second in the Democratic primary. He and Fonda later initiated the Campaign for Economic Democracy (CED), which formed a close alliance with then-Governor Jerry Brown and promoted solar energy, environmental protection, and renters' rights policies as well as candidates for local office throughout California, some 100 of whom would be elected. Hayden later served in the California State Assembly (1982–1992) and the State Senate (1992–2000). During this time, he was frequently protested by conservative groups, including Vietnamese refugees, veterans of the US military, and Young Americans for Freedom.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    In 1974, while the Vietnam War was still ongoing, the documentary film Introduction to the Enemy was released, a collaboration by Fonda, Hayden, Haskell Wexler, and others.
    More Details Hide Details It depicts their travels through North and South Vietnam in the spring of 1974. Hayden also founded the Indochina Peace Campaign (IPC), which operated from 1972 to 1975. The IPC, operating in Boston, New York, Detroit, Santa Clara, mobilized dissent against the Vietnam War, demanded unconditional amnesty for U.S. draft evaders, among other aims. Jane Fonda, a supporter of the IPC, later turned this moniker into a name for her film production firm, IPC Films, which produced in whole or in part, movies and documentaries such as F.T.A. (1972), Introduction to the Enemy (1974), The China Syndrome (1979), Nine to Five (1980), and On Golden Pond (1981).
  • 1973
    Age 33
    The next year he married Fonda and they had one child, Troy Garity, born on 7 July 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 32
    Tom Hayden made several other well-publicized visits to North Vietnam as well as Cambodia during America's involvement in the Vietnam War, including an especially controversial one during 1972 to North Vietnam with his future wife, actress Jane Fonda.
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  • 1968
    Age 28
    In 1968, Hayden played a major role in the protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Six months after the convention he and other protesters including Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot as part of the "Chicago Eight". Hayden and four others were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, but the charges were reversed on appeal.
  • 1965
    Age 25
    In 1965, Hayden, along with CPUSA member Herbert Aptheker and Quaker peace activist Staughton Lynd undertook a controversial visit to North Vietnam and Hanoi.
    More Details Hide Details The three toured villages and factories and met with an American POW whose plane had been shot down. The result of this tour of North Vietnam, at a high point in the war, was a book titled The Other Side. Staughton Lynd later wrote that the New Left disavowed "the Anti-Communism of the previous generation" and that Lynd and Hayden had written, in Studies on the Left, "We refuse to be anti-Communist, We insist the term has lost all the specific content it once had."
  • 1964
    Age 24
    From 1964 to 1968, Hayden lived in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked with impoverished inner-city residents as part of the Newark Community Union Project.
    More Details Hide Details He was also witness to the city's race riots of 1967 and wrote the book Rebellion in Newark: Official Violence and Ghetto Response (1967).
  • 1962
    Age 22
    Hayden became a "freedom rider" in the South and then served as president of SDS from 1962 to 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Hayden drafted SDS's manifesto, the Port Huron Statement. The objective of the Port Huron Statement was the creation of a "radically new democratic political movement" in the United States that rejected hierarchy and bureaucracy.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    During 1961, Hayden married Casey Cason, a Texas-born civil rights activist who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
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  • 1956
    Age 16
    Tom Hayden was born in Detroit, Michigan, to parents of Irish ancestry, Genevieve Isabelle Garity and John Francis Hayden. He graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, class of 1956.
    More Details Hide Details He later attended the University of Michigan, where he was editor of the Michigan Daily and, disenchanted by the anti-radicalism of existing groups like the National Student Association, was one of the initiators of the influential leftist student activist group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
  • 1939
    Born on December 11, 1939.
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