SDS Founder, Tom Hayden on Participatory Democracy From Port Huron to Occupy Wall Street

Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques

DemocracyNow: – We speak with Tom Hayden, principal author of the Port Huron statement 50 years ago, the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The statement advocated for participatory democracy and helped launch the student movement of the 1960s. Tens of thousands of copies of the 25,000-word document were printed in booklet form. The youth-led movement changed the very language of politics and its impact is still being felt today. Hayden is a longtime activist and former California state senator.

And a full-time Communist/terrorist. 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.

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. Commies of a feather…


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