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Tom Hayden

Senator Tom Hayden, the Nation Institute's Carey McWilliams Fellow, has played an active role in American politics and history for over three decades, beginning with the student, civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s.

"Tom Hayden changed America," wrote Nicholas Lemann, national correspondent for The Atlantic, of Hayden's role in the 1960s. Richard Goodwin, former speechwriter for John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, said that Hayden, "without even knowing it, inspired the Great Society."

Hayden was elected to the California State Legislature in 1982, where he served for ten years in the Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 1992, where he served eight years.

Hayden has been described as "the conscience of the Senate" by columnist Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee, and as "the liberal rebel" by George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times. "He has carved out a key watchdog role," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

He is author of over 175 measures ranging from reform of money in politics, worker safety, school decentralization, small business tax relief, domestic violence, lessening gang violence in the inner city, stopping student fee increases at universities, protecting endangered species like salmon, overhauling three strikes, you're out laws, and a measure signed into law that will assist Holocaust survivors in receiving recognition and compensation for having been exploited as slave labor during the Nazi era.

Hayden is the author of eleven books, including his autobiography, Reunion; a book on the spirituality and the environment, Lost Gospel of the Earth; a collection of essays on the aftermath of the Irish potato famine, Irish Hunger (Roberts Rhinehart) and a book on his Irish background, Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America (Verso); Radical Nomad, a biography of C. Wright Mills (Paradigm Publishers); and, most recently, Ending the War in Iraq (2007). A collection of his work, Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader was published this year .

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News and Features

The city has backed away from its longstanding commitment to avoid procuring city workers' garments from offshore sweatshops.

After professing to abhor torture, the Bush Justice Department secretly authorized it. And the consequences for us all are grave.

Peacemakers from countries that have moved from sectarian strife towards national reconciliation met with Iraq Sunnis and Shi'as in an effort to resolved the crisis.

Iraqi Security Forces are riddled with corruption, and if the US involvement continues, Baghdad could become the capital of a Shiite police state employing the classic methods of dirty war.

The Army's updated Field Manual draws on an old, blood-steeped tradition.

Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights doesn't officially favor the war
in Iraq, so why is it helping Gen. David Petraeus devise a counter-insurgency doctrine?

The Center for American Progress is calling to bring all combat forces--including trainers--home from Iraq.

As an array of Iraqi leaders met with American peace activists this
week in Amman, Jordan, a grim picture emerged of what the future will be,
regardless of whether US troops stay or depart.

Peace sentiments are rising among the American public and even in
the much-divided Democrats. What does this mean for electoral politics
and for the course of a war that seems to have no end in sight?

As centrist Democrats slowly but surely unite around a plan for military withdrawal from Iraq that is heavy with hawkish reasoning, what are the implications for the peace movement?

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