Veteran social activist and politician Tom Hayden, a stalwart of America”™s New Left who served 18 years in California”™s state legislature and gained a dash of Hollywood glamour by marrying actress Jane Fonda, has died at age 76, according to media reports.
“A political giant and dear friend has passed,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter, adding “Tom Hayden fought harder for what he believed than just about anyone I have known.”
Hayden, who forged his political activism as a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society, which stood at the core of the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements, was principal author of the group”™s revolutionary manifesto, the Port Huron Statement.
The University of Michigan student ventured into the Deep South, where he joined voter registration campaigns and was arrested and beaten while taking part in the “freedom rider” protests against racial segregation.
Hayden, however, became perhaps best known as one of the “Chicago Seven” activists tried on conspiracy and incitement charges following protests at the turbulent 1968 Democratic National Convention. He was ultimately acquitted of all charges. Read more.
The Haight-Ashbury movement left an undeniable impact upon the world and the reverberations of the psychedelic sixties are still being felt today. Strangely there is no museum dedicated to keeping the history alive and relevant for the millions of visitors who come to San Francisco searching for inspiration and authenticity. A non-profit community supported museum will permanently cement San Francisco as the home of psychedelia. Our intention is for the museum to become an attraction in and of itself that will educate and inspire visitors for generations to come to reinvent the world according to how they want to live.
Desert Hot Springs, Calif. – He was once a child music prodigy and in the decades since, Paul Krassner has been everything from political satirist to author, editor, anarchist and an advocate for both peace and pornography.
But the title he may favor is one he found buried in his FBI file.
“To classify Krassner as a social rebel is far too cute,” a letter in the file said in response to a favorable magazine interview with the co-founder of the Yippie Party, the group that notoriously disrupted the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. “He’s a nut, a raving, unconfined nut.”
So Krassner titled his autobiography “Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut.”
“I figured I might as well make use of it,” says the author, smiling broadly as he sits in the living room of his modest tract home in this sandy, sagebrush-dotted corner of the Mojave Desert on a scorchingly hot morning. On a nearby table is a copy of “A People’s History of the United States of America” by historian and social activist Howard Zinn. Continue reading “Krassner: Who’s to Say What’s Obscene”
A tribute to Paul Krassner, one of our ArtofthePrank.com contributors from templedragon420, the official archives of High Times Productions:
Paul Krassner founded the underground press when he launched the Realist in 1958. He went on to found the Yippies and publish groundbreaking conspiracy research. Today, he writes a monthly column in High Times called “Brain Damage Control.”