Locus Focus on 06/18/08
Host Barbara Bernstein speaks with activist and author Tom Hayden. Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961, and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement, described by Howard Zinn as "one of those historic documents which represents an era."
After helping lead street demonstrations against the war at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, where he was beaten, gassed and arrested twice, Hayden was indicted in 1969 with seven others on conspiracy and incitement charges.
After five years of trials, appeals, and retrials, he was acquitted of all charges.
Hayden was elected to the California state assembly in 1982, and the state senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all.
His latest book is Writings For A Democratic Society : The Tom Hayden Reader, the best of Tom Hayden's writings from the turbulent 1960s to the Iraq war.