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    March 18, 2015 7:30 PM - Berkeley, California 

    KPFA Presents Tom Hayden @ First Congressional Church 7:30PM with Gloria La Riva

    March 19, 2015 6:30 PM - San Francisco, California 

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    March 26, 2015 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 


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    April 18-19, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA 

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    April 29, 2015 7:00 PM - New York, New York

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    May 3, 2015 9:30 AM - Washington, D.C. (Takoma Park, Maryland)

    Busboys & Poets in Takoma Park, Maryland

    May 3, 2015 2:00 PM - Baltimore Maryland

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    May 4, 2015 - Miami, Florida

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      The Peace Exchange Bulletin

      Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.


      Progressive Road to 2016 Victory

      Progressive Democrats have a clear path to victory in 2016 if they commit to sharply reducing their ties to the traditional Confederate and Big Coal states. A progressive realignment also is possible in California where progressive Democrats are hobbled by corporate and fossil fuel lobbies trying to block the vital climate change agenda.

      It's necessary to keep 2016 in mind as an era of Republican control of Congress and the courts is underway.

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      Jerry Brown Goes Big

      Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, First Lady Anne Gust Brown, Governor Jerry Brown, and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Jan. 5, 2015 in Sacramento. (Photo: Hector Amezcua, 2015)SACRAMENTO. Jan. 5, 2014. Saying he is "not going to get inhibited from doing great things," California Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address announced the most ambitious plan yet for a clean energy economy, one which will make California's leading presence felt in the 2015 global climate talks.

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      Cuba, Si!

      For thousands of graying supporters of the Cuban Revolution, this has been the moment that they thought would never come. The same shock is sinking in among the Cuban exiles, now octogenarians, who fought for decades against the Castro regime from American soil. It is important that hard lessons are learned and traps from the past be avoided.

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      Exclusive Excerpt: Listen, Yankee! Chapter 1: "A Heroic Creation"

      Knowing his biography, it is hard to believe that Ricardo was predestined to be a Politburo member of the Cuban Communist Party or, more generally, that Cuba's journey into Marxism-Leninism was inevitable. The island's long battle for real independence from the United States, combined with America's Cold War version of Manifest Destiny, produced those outcomes. 

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      Why the US-Cuba Deal Really Is a Victory for the Cuban Revolution

      No one in the mainstream media will acknowledge it, but the normalization of American relations with Havana, symbolized by release of prisoners today, is a huge success for the Cuban Revolution. The hostile US policy, euphemistically known as “regime change,” has been thwarted. The Cuban Communist Party is confidently in power. The Castros have navigated through all the challenges of the years. In Latin America and the United Nations, Cuba is accepted, and the United States is isolated.  

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      Exclusive Excerpt: Listen, Yankee! Introduction: "Two Old Guys Talking"

      "Two Old Guys Talking" is the introduction to Tom Hayden's forthcoming book, Listen, Yankee!, Why Cuba Matters, to be published next year by Seven Stories Press. The piece was finalized last month. The "two old guys" are the author, now 75, who first visited Cuba in 1968, and Ricardo Alarcon, now 77, former president of the Cuban National Assembly, foreign minister, and UN representative.

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      Remembering Mario Savio, ‘Freedom’s Orator’

      This essay is adapted from Tom Hayden’s foreword to The Essential Mario Savio: Speeches and Writings That Changed America, edited by Robert Cohen and published this past September by the University of California Press.

      It is a worthy time to study and treasure the eloquent speeches of Mario Savio—“freedom’s orator,” as the historian Robert Cohen rightly calls him.

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      Letter to Senator Tim Kaine

      December 13, 2014

      Dear Senator Kaine, 

      I know we're often told not to seek the ideal instead of what's possible but, when what's "possible" only perpetuates a serious wrong, it is better to say ‘No’ and fight again. That's how I feel about the hollowed-out war authorization, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. 

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      Will California Lead in Divesting from Fossil Fuels and Investing in Green Economy?

      California leaders can begin a historic economic transition from risky fossil fuel investments towards a high-employment, low-polluting economy based on renewable resources and energy efficiency. A possible initiative to divest public funds from coal and fossil fuels while also reinvesting in clean energy is being carefully considered as the new legislative session nears.

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      The Green Bloc Will Emerge

      Brown administration representatives are busy in Lima trying to consolidate potential agreements with the Germans and multiple "sub-nationals" towards an effective greenhouse gas emissions policy through 2030 on the way to 2050. The failure to establish a subnational platform for states like California at Lima seems to be more a process setback than an obstacle to progress going forward. 

      Failure of timely coordination between California and the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg may have delayed the announcement of a Green Bloc of states committed to 80 percent reductions from 1990 levels by 2050. California is widely recognized as the eighth-largest economy in the world and a green energy powerhouse. 

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