Tom Hayden, fully Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden

Tom
Hayden, fully Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden
1939

American Politician, Social and Political Activist, married chronologically to Barbara Williams, Jane Fonda and Casey Cason

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The Rambo movies not only popularized the spitting image but also the equally incredible claim that hundreds of American soldiers missing in action were being held by the Vietnamese Communists for unspecified purposes.

There has to be an inner peace process that treats gang members like traumatized war victims who lack counseling, jobs, and respect. A lot of that has got to be self-administered in affinity groups, counseling groups, in jail and out of jail, with resources and professional help.

There is a power to the street that's part of the democratic process when all else has failed,

Most centrist Democrats... try to distance themselves from controversies that recall the 1960s. There are journalistic centrists as well, who avoid hard truths for the sake of acceptance and legitimacy.

There is no role in a war unless the parties are exhausted. These parties are not exhausted. They are still on a triumphal path. They are not on a coalition path. It's an either/or death struggle. They don't understand that the death is ongoing right now and could take several cycles for the corpse to be autopsied. I hope you use this - this should put your paper on the map. Everybody should read it.

Neoconservatives and the Pentagon have good reason to fear the return of the Vietnam Syndrome. The label intentionally suggests a disease, a weakening of the martial will, but the syndrome was actually a healthy American reaction to false White House promises of victory, the propping up of corrupt regimes, crony contracting and cover-ups of civilian casualties during the Vietnam War that are echoed today in the news from Baghdad.

Twice the Republicans in the California legislature tried to block my seating because of my trips to Hanoi.

Protest politics has been vibrant against Bush and the war in Iraq, but it's been intergenerational. This doesn't seem to be a resurgence of student activism.

Why should American atrocities be merely unsettling, but a trip to Hanoi unconscionable?

Protest, even more than property, is a sacred resource of American society. It begins with radical minorities at the margins, eventually marching into the mainstream, where their views become the majority sentiment. Prophetic minorities instigated the American Revolution, ended slavery, achieved the vote for women, made trade unions possible, and saved our rivers from becoming sewers.

Rather than distance ourselves from the past, as the centrist amnesiacs would counsel, perhaps we should finally peel back the scabs and take a closer look at why all the wounds haven't healed.

Thanks to evolution, half of all Americans don't believe in evolution.

That should shock and awaken every American. You have to question what's going on here and the government acts as if they're oblivious to this and the entire enterprise is collapsing.

The hunger strike at UCLA led to hundreds of students actually studying the farm worker experience and Chicanos in the context of Latin America, whereas they would have been on the outside raising fists and banners. So I count that as activism inside the classroom.

The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970.

The now legendary Fonda photo shows her with diminutive Vietnamese women examining an antiaircraft weapon, implying in the rightist imagination that she relished the thought of killing those American pilots innocently flying overhead.

The only possibility of reform in Los Angeles, which is a 'see no, hear no evil' city, is if there is the glaring eye of outside investigators from Sacramento and from Washington D.C.,

The peace and justice movement has to expand and not run away from the plight of gang members.

The politicians of New York have everything that is necessary to make proper decisions and they will have to live with what happens afterwards. The worst scenario is the politicians covering their eyes and turning it over to the FBI.

In Miami, there were only a couple thousand protesters in a city that is heavily Republican and includes a lot of right-wing terrorists. It was favorable territory for the police. They had the protesters outnumbered 10-1.

In science ... discovery can mean finding a guppy with an extra spine in its dorsal fin.

It takes a certain kind of bravery and a certain kind of goodness to be able to not just put your destructive past behind you, but to continue to take harassment from society and from police for your past.

He was a reflection of what was going on. The poem 'Howl' was a howl against the hypocrisy and silence of the generations of the 1950s -- of the people who failed to perform their function as real elders.

I don't think I'll ever fully get over losing the city council seat. I don't know how that happened. But it

I estimate a very conservative number of 25,000 dead homeboys. If 25,000 white people were killed in two decades of urban drive-bys, you could imagine there would be prime time television, there would be counseling, economic packages, truces would be negotiated by diplomats with experience in Northern Ireland or the Balkans.

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Hayden, fully Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden
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American Politician, Social and Political Activist, married chronologically to Barbara Williams, Jane Fonda and Casey Cason