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Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. As founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He has authored 20 books, including The Lost Gospel of the Earth (1996), Ending the War in Iraq (2007), The Long Sixties (2009) and Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today (2012) and the forthcoming, Listen Yankee: Why Cuba Matters (2015)

Entries by Tom Hayden

Sanders' Michigan Win Affirms Fair Trade Movement

(27) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Bernie's win in Michigan was no "surprise". His surge was testimony to his campaign spirit. It also was based on a Michigan rejection of the false promises of Clinton-era corporate and financial globalization policies like NAFTA and the TPP. Five million US manufacturing jobs were lost between 1997 and 2014....

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We Live On Borrowed Time: Talking Points for Democrats and Activists

(7) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 3:51 PM

"I know, therefore, that we live on borrowed Time." Ending the War in Iraq, 2007, p. 208

1. We need to understand, name, blame, and frame the Long War Doctrine:
The Long War Doctrine -- advanced by Pentagon planners and neo-conservatives almost ten years ago --...

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Resolving the Bernie/Hillary Differences

(57) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Bernie Sanders' stature and strength continues to grow. He is the folk hero of the primary season. His message is repeated consistently to millions of people. He's neck and neck with Hillary in early primaries. The money is rolling in, and the volunteers have become a genuine mass movement. A...

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Next Steps for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement?

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 11:09 PM

350.Org and its offshoot, Fossil Free California, did an amazing organizing job pushing for California State Senator Kevin de Leon's historic coal divestment law, which passed both houses of the Legislature and was signed last week by Governor Jerry Brown. They did 42 district meetings in assembly and...

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Can Brown Regulate Fracking in Kern?

(8) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:38 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's administration shut down 12 oil wells in the Central Valley this week amidst revelations that the carcinogen benzine has leaked into fracking waste water at seven hundred times higher than federal standards.

Brown has staked his opposition to a ban or moratorium on fracking by...

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Will Congress OK War Without Limits?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:04 PM

The Republican Congress is expected to take up an authorization bill for the war against ISIS even though the U.S. bombing and ground-escalation campaign has been underway for months.

The specter of the Islamic State has silenced congressional criticism and marginalized anti-war voices on the outside. The looming question is...

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How to Close Guantanamo

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:39 PM

President Barack Obama once again has made it plain that he intends to close Guantanamo. Those who doubted his previous promises on immigrant rights and Cuba should realize that he is serious about Guantanamo as well.

Most of the remaining 122 Guantanamo detainees, including 47 of 54 already cleared for...

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Behind the Madness in Iraq

(117) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:18 PM

The U.S. had no business invading Iraq. We toppled a dictatorship on a false 9/11 rationale, which plunged Iraq into a sectarian civil war inside a war with the United States. We left behind a vengeance-driven Shiite regime aligned with Iran. Now the sectarian war in Syria is enlarging into...

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US Trafficking in Cuban Players

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:41 PM

The shocking story of Yasiel Puig's hazardous journey from Cuba to the Los Angeles Dodgers calls for a congressional hearings to end the trafficking in Cuban athletes, carve an exemption into the US economic embargo, and legalize the entry of Cuban players to compete in the major leagues without having...

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The Urgency of Venezuela

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:12 PM

"Creo que la mano, la mano invisible de los Estados Unidos, está involucrado en la crisis venezolana. El presidente Obama debe indicar en palabras claras de que Estados Unidos se opone a cualquier intento de un golpe de Estado y los Estados Unidos no va a apoyar directa oindirectamente. Las...

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Afghanistan - A Bandaid on America's Defeat

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Looks like a victory for Afghanistan in its role as the graveyard of empires.

It appears that the US troop commitment will decline from 105,000 to 6,000-9,000 under the current White House plan, about half the number advocated by the Pentagon. American special forces will continue - at a slower...

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Two, Three, Many Americas?

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:49 PM

Since the posting of "Becoming Two Countries in 2014," many readers have argued that we actually are becoming three or more Americas, while others cling to the dream of becoming one America again. The purpose of the original posting was not to propose breaking up the country, but...

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Defend de Blasio Now

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:29 PM

A full-page of revelations in the New York Times that Bill De Blasio was an active organizer in the Central American solidarity movement and before that, an outspoken opponent of nuclear power in high school, should hugely excite the progressive base in New York politics after a long...

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A Lesson of the Irish Hunger Strike

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Word from within is that California's prison hunger strikers have been studying the Irish hunger strike of 1981 led by Bobby Sands, in which 10 Irish Republicans died because of the stubborn refusal of Margaret Thatcher to recognize them as human.

California Governor Jerry Brown and California prison officials could...

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Trayvon Died for Our Sins

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 3:27 PM

For Trayvon Martin and his family I feel a sadness that will not lift. For America, I feel a dread that certain horrors repeat again and again, chief among them the killing of young men of color, not only with impunity for their killers but under the cover of judicial...

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California the Focal Point of Green Revolution

(26) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 4:12 PM

At the heart of California Governor Jerry Brown's China-California energy initiative is the possibility of a major turn away from climate devastation.

California, under Governor Jerry Brown's leadership, is playing a pivotal role in the struggle to transform the global economy toward energy...

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Jerry Brown's Energy Diplomacy

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:03 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 11, 2013. (Photo: David Siders)

Gov. Jerry Brown is accelerating his California energy diplomacy with China as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping begin private discussions in California this week on...

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Eric Garcetti's Future

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:49 PM

Eric Garcetti may not have had President Barack Obama's endorsement, but Obama's efficient operation helped Garcetti become mayor. Garcetti had significant support from Obama's GOTV team and the president's fundraising base. David Axelrod did three events for Garcetti in Los Angeles 10 days ago, speaking in glowing terms about the...

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Possible Pro-Democracy Initiatives on the Horizon? LA Votes

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 4:10 PM

I am supporting Eric Garcetti for mayor because he best represents the potential for new leadership in Los Angeles. The changes that we need, however, run far deeper than what a new mayor can overcome. Unless participatory democracy becomes a greater cause in LA, Eric Garcetti -- or any mayor...

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Earth Night

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 9:14 PM

After 43 years of Earth Days, it is past time to contemplate the possible coming of Earth Night.

There is little promise, so far, of a coming "reverse polarization" or evolutionary leap that might prevent the piracy of our life support -- clean air, water, soil and healthy eco-systems --...

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