About Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden is a former state senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. He currently teaches at Pitzer College in Los Angeles. His books include The Port Huron Statement [new edition], Street Wars and The Zapatista Reader.

Hijos de las Guerras

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Tom Hayden: The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy.

South Vietnam All Over Again?

South Vietnam All Over Again

Tom Hayden: We’ve seen this before, in South Vietnam, where proposals for a provisional, face-saving power-sharing arrangement in the South were rejected because of a superpower belief that our bombs and advisers could protect an unpopular client forever.

The Other Hayden Says Iraq Is Dead

Iraq Is Dead

Tom Hayden: Has American policy finally led to a vast new sanctuary in “Sunnistan” from which terrorist attacks will be launched?

White Power Rising

White Power Rising

Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.

Madness in Iraq and the Comeback of the Neocons

Comeback of the Neocons

Tom Hayden: The confused Congress needs to be called upon to be a counterweight against the hawks who want nothing more than to blame Obama instead of themselves for “losing” Iraq. But there is far more to do. We are deep into the battle over memory.

Americans Welcome Sgt. Bergdahl Home

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Tom Hayden: Bergdahl could have been released in the same prisoner swap nearly three years ago, but the Republican-led opposition scuttled the deal by opposing, “negotiating with terrorists.”

Will the Trickle Become the L.A. River? And for Whom?

Los Angeles River Restoration

Tom Hayden: The backstory on how Mayor Eric Garcetti succeeded in winning $1 billion for the LA River Restoration is a fascinating lesson in politics. Simply put, President Barack Obama owed the mayor, and the president came through.

Why Conservatives Fear We’re “Losing America”

Obama Losing America

Tom Hayden: In the absence of any American public opinion hungering for blood, one has to wonder at the sanity of the superpower syndrome driving so many of our policies.

Two? Three? How Many Americas?

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Tom Hayden: In a country so closely divided, the Left is never as marginal as many often feel. Where elections are frequently settled by one percent or by the margin of registration and turnout, every faction of the Left is potentially critical to winning or losing.

Time Now to Normalize Relations with Cuba?

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Tom Hayden: But while causing traffic jams on an interstate bridge is an outrage, how does it compare with a lone Senator flaunting his own president, fomenting US military interventions, and sabotaging a possible bridge to Cuba? Time will tell.

Where Will Progressive Democrats Stand?

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Tom Hayden: Let’s at least agree that “Happy Days Are Here Again” cannot be the Democratic theme song between now and 2016. We are beyond the brink, in the danger zone, in many ways.

Fracking Activists Gain Traction in Los Angeles

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Fracking Activists: The unanimous adoption of the LA ordinance comes of the eve of the state Democratic Party convention in LA.

Another Cold War?

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Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.

The Urgency of Venezuela

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Venezuela Crisis: There’s a secret network that works to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital.

An Opening for Progressive Democrats?

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Tom Hayden: Progressive Democrats shaming Wall Street-funded “third way” Democrats is a sign of a powerful new opening.

Feds Needed to Clean Up LA Sheriffs Department?

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Sheriffs Arrested — There is a compelling need for the Department of Justice to intervene against the LA County Sheriffs Department.

Let’s Set Bill Bratton’s LAPD Record Straight

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Bratton Joins NYPD: Broken communities, not broken windows, are the real socio-economic crisis in LA, and Bratton’s approach simply served to perpetuate the divide.

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

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Tom Hayden: There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families.

How to End California’s Prison Hunger Strike

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Tom Hayden: Both sides must set aside their profound differences and look at steps to relieve the worst elements of solitary confinement.

Can Public Opinion Stop U.S. War in Syria?

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Tom Hayden: We are edging closer to the neo-conservative dream of total conflagration in the Muslim Middle East. Despite only 11 percent public support for US military intervention in Syria, a reluctant President Barack Obama is being pushed into escalation.

California: Green Revolution’s Focal Point

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Tom Hayden: California, under Governor Jerry Brown’s leadership, is playing a pivotal role in the struggle to transform the global economy toward energy conservation and renewables.

Jerry Brown’s Energy Diplomacy

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Tom Hayden: While Obama is seeking a geopolitical pivot to project US power toward China, Brown is seeking a different pivot through energy conservation away from the gathering threat of climate change.

Tide Turning Against Counterterrorism Secrecy

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Tom Hayden: Obama’s speech at the National Defense University on counterterrorism revealed a commander-in-chief increasingly worried about political criticism of his Guantanamo detentions, his penchant for secrecy and his drone warfare policies.

Pentagon Wants 20 More Years of “War on Terror”

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Tom Hayden: Newcomers like Senator King worry that the Obama administration has “essentially rewritten the Constitution,” giving rise to a new Imperial Presidency, buffered by an expanded security state.

Obama Shifting Rhetoric, Policy on Cuba, Drug War

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Tom Hayden: Opposition to the US role in the Drug War has risen sharply in Mexico and Central America, even among US allies.

How U.S. Policies Feed Sweatshop Fires

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Tom Hayden: It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed.

Jerry Brown, Archimedes, and the Search for an Energy Tipping Point

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Tom Hayden: Brown is not burdened with the Cold War-like tensions rising between the US and China, but can focus instead on mutually beneficial energy and environmental initiatives, which later might evolve to become US national policy.

Vietnam Between China and the U.S.

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Tom Hayden: The Vietnamese call China “the enemy brother” and, while seeking to avoid a Cold War-style alliance with the US, are exploring the Obama administration’s “Pacific pivot” as a possible balance against China.

The Long War Reaches Mali

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Tom Hayden: Every US and Western intervention in the Long War has resulted in pushing Al Qaeda “affiliates” like AQIM into new territory with angry, restless and anti-Western Muslim populations.

Russell Means: Truth-Teller

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Tom Hayden: Russell was a reminder that the wars against indigenous people, and the conquest of their resources, are far from over, and that we cannot be fully human until remorse with our eyes wide open allows the possibility of reconciliation.

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