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Tom Hayden

Thomas Hayden is a California based veteran of the "progressive" movement. Hayden was one of the "Chicago Seven" of the Weather Underground Organization in the 1960s and 70s.[1]

The "Chicago Seven," tryptichally photographed by Richard Avedon, Sept. 25, 1969. L-R: Lee Weiner, John Froines, Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, and David Dellinger

He now teaches at the Claremont Colleges and is the author of numerous books, including Reunion: A Memoir.

Tom Hayden is the former husband of Actress Jane Fonda and is the father of actor Troy Garity.

Early life

Tom Hayden grew[2]up attending Catholic schools in Royal Oak, Michigan . He attended the University of Michigan where he was editor of the student paper.

Students for a Democratic Society


Tom Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961, and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement.

He later moved to Atlanta where he reported on the southern civil rights movement for SDS. He was elected president of SDS 1962 and in 1964 went to work in the Newark ERAP project where he remained until 1967.

He was a leading opponent of the Vietnam War, helped lead demonstrations against the war at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, and directed the Indochina Peace Campaign.

Studies on the Left

Tom Hayden was editor of Studies on the Left, from 1965 to 1967. SOTL was a publication which "helped to revive radical scholarship in the United States and to create a new radical understanding of the American political economy. Second, Studies contributed to the consciousness and ideological development of the New Left."

North Vietnam

In 1967 Tom Hayden traveled to North Vietnam with Rennie Davis.

Red Family/International Liberation School

Tom Hayden, creator of his own revolutionary cell, the Red Family and was also co-founder of the International Liberation School, along with Stew Albert, Susan Cady, Art Goldberg, brother of Jackie Goldberg, Jane Herman, Paul Glusman, Shari Ann Whitehead and a couple Gil Jones and Carol Jones. The ILS trained in combat firearms and medicine][3]

Weathermen Flint "War Council"

December 27-31, 1969, about 400 of the national membership of the Weatherman faction of Students for a Democratic Society held a “War Council” at a ballroom dancehall in Flint, Michigan. Posters of a giant cardboard machinegun, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevera, and Fidel Castro hung everywhere.

Tom Hayden gave a karate demonstration

Among the attendees of the “War Council in Flint" identified by the Flint police department and/or its informant were: Michael Avey, Karen Ashley, Bill Ayers, Edward Benedict, Margaret Bennett, Douglas Bernhardt, Jeff Blum, Harvey Blume, David Chase, Peter Clapp, Judy Clark, Bernardine Dohrn, Diane Donghi, Linda Evans, Brian Flannigan, David Flatley, John Fuerst, Lynn Ray Garvin, Bert Garskof, Michele Garskoff, Mark Glasser, Theodore Gold, Lenny Handlesman, Ann Hathaway, Karen Hardiman, Daniel Hardy, Tom Hayden, Phoebe Hirsch, Arthur Hochberg, Anne Hodges, John J. J. Jacobs, Jeff Jones, Sam Karp, David Klafter, Dianne Kohn, Peter Kuttner, Bradford Lang, Stephen Lang, Karen Latimer, Jonathan Lerner, Naomi Lev, Bradford Long, Allan Maki, Eric Mann, Howard Machtinger, Carol McDermott, L.R. Meadows, Lisa Meisel, Jeff Melish, James Mellen, David Millstone, Russell Neufeld, Diana Oughton, John Pilkington, Edward Purtz, Jonah Raskin, Natalie Rosenstein, Dennis Roskamp, Mark Rudd, Karen Selin, Mark Shapiro, Janet Snider, Mike Spiegel, Jane Spiegelman, Marsha Steinberg, David Sole, Susan Stern, Clayton Van Lydegraf, Cathy Wilkerson and Mary Wozniak[4].

After the Flint meeting the Weatherman moved underground and scattered to the four winds. Renamed the Weather Underground Organization, the WUO sought to “commit strategic acts of sabotage against the government.” Tom Hayden stayed above ground, but prepared for the revolution with his friends Linda Morse (Linda Dannenberg) and Art Goldberg who ran an ILS office at 1925 Grove Street in Berkeley. The Weatherman studied Hayden’s manual among others.

Among those at the Flint War Council were Ted Gold and Diana Oughton, who blew themselves up in the March, 1970 New York City townhall explosion caused when Gold dropped some dynamite. The third victim of this accident was Diane Donghi. For more on SDS/WUO members mentioned above, see Larry Grathwohl's testimony before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS) in 1974. He was the only government informant to penetrate the top leadership of the WUO.[5].

Another SISS hearing on the Weather Underground (WUO) is "State Department Bombing By Weatherman Underground", Hearing, SISS, Jan. 31, 1975. There are numerous books on SDS and the WUO by former members of both organizations as well as by leftist journalists, including Kirkpatrick Sale's "SDS".

Clayton Van Lydegraf was a former CPUSA leader in Washington State who was so extreme that he was literally thrown out of the organization, only to become the "godfather" of SDS's violent actions. His early history can be found in the Washington State reports on "Un-American Activities" as well as in HCUA hearings/reports.[6].

Chicago the "pig capital" of the US

In Chicago, October 1969, Tom Hayden spoke at a Sunday night gathering in Mandel Hall with Mike Klonsky and Mark Rudd. Hayden told the students that "The generation gap is a new form of class struggle" and that chicago was the "pig capital" of the US[7];

Indochina Information Project

One of Hayden's first "Hanoi Lobby" projects on Vietnam was entitled the Indochina Information Project, which was funded, in part, by the far-left "Northern  ???of the Youth Project" {CITATION and FULL NAME). It was mainly a propaganda operation that didn't attract a lot of national attention.

Indochina Peace Campaign

Hayden's most successful operation on behalf of Hanoi was the organization of the Indochina Peace Campaign (IPC) which became the lobbying arm of North Vietnam in the U.S. It was formed around 1973 as the older, Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party (SWP) anti-Vietnam war fronts, the various Mobes and its successors, Peoples Coalition for Peace & Justice (PCPJ) and National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC) fell by the wayside with the signing of the fraudulent "Paris Peace Agreement" in January, 1973.

Gathering his own organizations and followers, as well as the remnants of the old "Hanoi Lobby", Hayden constructed a very well-disciplined national group, the IPC, whose one main goal was to lobby Congress to cut off aid to So. Vietnam (and Cambodia), so as to assure a Communist victory in Indochina.

Much of the history of the IPC and their operations appeared in 16 issues of their newspaper, "Indochina Focus" which lasted from 1973-1976.


Campaign for Economic Democracy

In the 1970s, Hayden organized the grassroots Campaign for Economic Democracy in California. He was elected to the California state assembly in 1982 and the state senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all.

Carpenter connection

Socialist activist Tim Carpenter cut his teeth on campaigns that recognized the connection between transforming politics and transforming the country: as a kid working "behind the Orange Curtain" (in then hyper-conservative Orange County) for George McGovern in 1972 and for the remarkable radical intervention that was Tom Hayden's 1976 US Senate bid. Carpenter was a trusted aide to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 "Rainbow Coalition" run for the presidency, an inner-circle strategist for Jerry Brown's 1992 presidential run (addressing that year's Democratic National Convention and urging delegates to "Save Our Party" from ideological compromises and corporate influence), a key figure in Dennis Kucinich's antiwar presidential campaign of 2004.[8]

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Tom Hayden, California Legislature was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[9]

Bert Corona admirer

"Renewed class struggle in these societies will lead to new forms of social arrangements," he said. "The workers of East Germany, for example, aren't about to give up easily many of the supports they had under socialism, such as low rents and free education for their children." With his stirring defense of socialism, Los Angeles activist Bert Corona earned icon status with the left wing of the Democratic Party, becoming a hero to state politicians such as Tom Hayden, Sheila Kuehl, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo and Assembly speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. [10]

"Making Trouble"

'Making Trouble- Building a Radical Youth Movement' was held April 17-19, 1998 Berkeley, California.

"Making Trouble" is a conference for young radicals from all over California to meet, form coalitions, and get informed. We will focus on the Prison Industrial Complex and the contemporary Labor Movement, but there will also be workshops on Environmental Justice, the Unz initiative, Art and Revolution, Immigration, Third World Organizing, Economic Globalization, Affirmative Action, Reproductive Rights, and much more.

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Ehrenreich

Invited speakers included;[11]

Socialists organize to "challenge for power" in Los Angeles

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On March 11, 1998, Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America leader Steve Tarzynski wrote an email to another Los Angeles DSA leader Harold Meyerson.

Tarzynski listed 25 people he thought should be on an "A-list" of "25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or "eminent persons" who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power."

Tarzynski listed himself, Harold Meyerson, Karen Bass, Sylvia Castillo, Gary Phillips, Joe Hicks, Richard Rothstein, Steve Cancian, Larry Frank, Torie Osborn, Rudy Acuna, Aris Anagnos, Abby Arnold, Carl Boggs, Blase Bonpane, Rick Brown, Stanley Sheinbaum, Alice Callahan, Jim Conn, Peter Dreier, Maria Elena Durazo, Miguel Contreras, Mike Davis, Bill Gallegos, Bob Gottlieb, Kent Wong, Russell Jacoby, Bong Hwan Kim, Paula Litt (and Barry Litt, with a question mark), Peter Olney, Derek Shearer, Clancy Sigal and Anthony Thigpenn.

Included in a suggested elected officials sub-group were Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gloria Romero, Jackie Goldberg, Gil Cedillo, Tom Hayden, Antonio Villaraigosa, Paul Rosenstein and Congressmen Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman and Maxine Waters.

Tarzynski went on to write "I think we should limit the group to 25 max, otherwise group dynamics begins to break down....As i said, I would like this to take place in a nice place with good food and should properly be an all day event."

Not In Our Name

In August 2004 Tom Hayden endorsed an anti “Bush Team” Protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, organized by Not In Our Name, an organization closely associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party[12].

Woolsey/Sheinbaum fund raiser

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, the first Member of Congress to call on the President to bring our troops home, was be in Los Angeles on Saturday February 4th 2006, for a 'very exciting but critical fundraiser against the most well-known, well-financed challenger she's ever faced". woolsey was facing a primary challenge from a termed-out Assemblyman Joe Nation, a moderate Democrat who has been critical of her stand on the war and on bringing home our troops. He is raising money from people who have given money to Tom DeLay and Bush-Cheney and his legislative district covers 60+% of Congresswoman Woolsey's district. Congresswoman Woolsey is a "champion of equal rights, civil liberties, protecting the environment and fighting for single payer healthcare. Congresswoman Woolsey must be re-elected by the same victory margin she has had in the past to send a message to progressives everywhere that's it IS OK to be courageous, and to not back down on issues that matter."

The Host Committee for this fundraiser includes:

Ben Affleck; Ed Asner; Warren Beatty; Jodie Evans; James Cromwell; Matt Damon; Tom Hayden; Wendy Herzog; Mimi Kennedy; Norman Lear; Stephen Rohde; Susie Shannon; Stanley Sheinbaum & Betty Sheinbaum; Lorraine Sheinberg; Kathy Spillar; Gloria A. Totten; Peg Yorkin; Senator Barbara Boxer; Congressman Joe Baca; Congressman Xavier Becerra; Congresswoman Lois Capps; Congresswoman Jane Harman; Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald; Congresswoman Grace Napolitano; Congresswoman; Lucille Roybal-Allard; Congresswoman Linda Sanchez; Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez; Congressman Adam Schiff; Congresswoman Hilda Solis; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Congresswoman Diane Watson; Senator Sheila Kuehl and Assemblywoman Karen Bass.

The fundraiser was at the Stanley & Betty Sheinbaum residence in Brentwood. Both Sheinbaums have been members of Democratic Socialists of America.[13]

Peace activism

In July 2006 Hayden addressed[14] the Peace Action National Congress at Wayne State University, with Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Michigan Congressman John Conyers.

Latino Congreso 2007

Some 2,000 Latino leaders and activists from throughout the United States met in Los Angeles, at the Latino Congreso 2007, Oct. 5-9 to map an action plan and social justice program for the 2008 elections. Their goal was to bring out 10 million Latino voters who can play a decisive role in the presidential and congressional elections.

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Helping prepare positions on the Iraq war were Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who chaired the congressional Out of Iraq Caucus, former California state Sen. Tom Hayden, United for Peace and Justice organizer, and Communist Party USA leader, Judith LeBlanc, and Lydia Lopez of the Communist Party front Latinos for Peace “America: not another nickel, not another dime, not another soldier, not this time,” Waters declared to a standing ovation. She drew another ovation when she called for African American and Latino unity.

The Congreso unanimously called for complete withdrawal from Iraq starting immediately, no invasion of Iran, and support for Oct. 27 regional demonstrations against the war and Iraq Moratorium activities the third Friday of each month.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Latinos should take a leading role to end the war, as “we are 14 percent of the population with 20 percent of the casualties.”

“It is time to bring the troops home,” he said.

Villaraigosa also called for a broad coalition to win just immigration reform, saying, “No group can do it alone,” and a national campaign to combat poverty.[15]

Progressive Democrats of America

Tom Hayden serves on the Advisory Board[16] of Progressive Democrats of America.

Movement for a Democratic Society

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Original members of the 2006 Movement for a Democratic Society board included[17];

Elliott Adams, Senia Barragan (Student Representative), David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky, Carl Davidson, Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Fletcher Jr, Bert Garskof, David Graeber, Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Mike James, Robin D G Kelley, Mike Klonsky, Ethelbert Miller, Charlene Mitchell, Michael Rossman, Mark Rudd, Howard Zinn.

On February 17, 2007, the Movement for a Democratic Society held a well attended conference[18]at New York City’s New School University.

The business portion of the meeting followed with each board nominee introducing themselves to the conference. The board, a very diverse group, was voted in by acclamation... Board nominees where were not able to attend the conference were included in the appointment by acclamation. The list included Elliott Adams, Panama Vicente Alba, Tariq Ali, Stanley Aronowitz, David Barsamian, Rosalyn Baxandall, John Bracey, Jr., John Brittain, Robb Burlage, Noam Chomsky, Jayne Cortez, Carl Davidson, Angela Davis, Bernardine Dohrn, Barbara Epstein, Gustavo Esteva, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Stephen Fleischman, Bill Fletcher Jr, Tom Hayden, Gerald Horne, Florence Howe, Michael James, Robin D G Kelley, Alice Kessler Harris, Rashid Khalidi, Mike Klonsky, Betita Martinez, Ethelbert Miller, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Barbara Ransby, Patricia Rose, Michael Rossman, Studs Terkel, Charlene Teters, Jerry Tucker, Immanuel Wallerstein, Cornel West, Leonard Weinglass and Howard Zinn.

Progressives for Obama

In early 2008 Barbara Ehrenreich, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Danny Glover and Tom Hayden Initiated Progressives for Obama.

The Nation

In 2009, the Editorial board of The Nation[19] included Tom Hayden, Lani Guinier, Richard Falk, Deepak Bhargava, Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Deborah Meier, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Victor Navasky, Pedro Antonio Noguera, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus Raskin, Kristina Rizga, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, David Weir and Roger Wilkins.


  1. "January 17, 1970: Jerry Rubin Brings the Chicago Noise to Seattle"
  3. ILS materials, e.g. Firearms and Self Defense, A Handbook for Radicals, Revolutionaries and Easy Riders, Berkeley, December 1969 can be found at the New Left Collection at the Hoover Institute.
  4. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, The Weather Underground, Committee Print, January 1975, 126-7
  5. "Terrorist Activity: Inside the Weatherman Movement", Hearings, SISS, Sen. Judiciary Committee, Part 2, Oct. 18, 1974
  6. First Report, Un-American Activities in Washington State 1948", Report of the Joint Legislative Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities, including Page 581 where he was identified as "Organizational Secretary of the Northwest District Communist Party
  7. Chicago Maroon, October 1969
  8. The Nation, Tim Carpenter's Politics of Radical Inclusion: In the Streets and in the Polling Booths, John Nichols on April 29, 2014
  9. CAF Co-Founders
  10. Union Card for Green Card: The Radical Vanguard in the Los Angeles Labor Movement, By Lloyd Billingsley.August, 2000
  11. Dem. Left Issue 1998, page 6
  13. LA Event Featuring Warren Beatty, Matt Daman for Lynn Woolsey 2/4/06 January 31, 2006 3:45 PM
  15. PW, Latino Congreso sets 2008 agenda, by: Rosalio Muñoz and Joelle Fishman, October 12 2007
  17. file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/TWRF0IYM/discuss%20%282%29.htm