Resolution Celebrating the Life of Legislator and Activist Tom Hayden

RESOLUTION 16-11.13L


Resolution Celebrating the Life of Legislator and Activist Tom Hayden

WHEREAS in the 1960s Tom Hayden helped to spark a movement among young people to embrace the urgency of the times through the founding of Students for a Democratic Society, which became a driving force in the Democratic Party’s rejection of segregation and embrace of the effort to end the Vietnam War; and  
WHEREAS Tom Hayden never matured into complacency or abandoned the democratic process but kept a lifelong commitment to pursuing liberalism in the Democratic Party as a member of the California Legislature for 18 years and as an elected delegate to six Democratic National Conventions including in 2016;

WHEREAS Tom Hayden’s life embodies the hope in the Port Huron Statement of 1962 “that the political order should serve to clarify problems in a way instrumental to their solution” and stands as a rebuke to the forces of apathy and cynicism that drive down participation and engagement in the political process; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party dedicate our November 2016 Executive Board meeting to the memory of Tom Hayden and the movement for social justice that lives on in the platform and the people of our Party.  


Sponsored by California Democratic Party Chairman John L. Burton, Resolutions Committee Chair Martha Escutia, John Hanna, Thomas Aja, Brian Allison, Rachel Binah, Raymond Cordova, Cesar Diaz, Brannin Dorsey, Yahaira Garcia-Perea, Michael Gelfand, Jim Gonzalez, Elvira Harris, Jim Hilfenhaus, Brigette Hunley, Leslie Katz, Agi Kessler, Daraka Larimore-Hall, Brian Leubitz, Susan McEntire, Mary Rose Ortega, Steve Preminger, Emily Thurber, John Vassiliades, Adrian Vazquez, Celinda Vazquez, Steven K. Alari, Joe Buscaino, Laphonza Butler, Naeemah Charles, Becca Doten, Maria Durazo, Jess Durfee, Mary Ellen Early, Maria Echaveste, Alex Gallardo-Rooker, Eric Garcetti, Alice Germond, Pat Hobbs, Alice Huffman, Aleita Huguenin, Matthew Johnson, Michael Kapp, Andrew Lachman, Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Barbara Lee, Otto Lee, Evan Low, Sandra Lowe, Kerman Maddox, Marcus Mason, Bob Mulholland, Christine Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, John A. Pérez, Gregory Pettis, Melahat Rafiei, Susie Shannon, Garry Shay, Hilda Solis, Keith Umemoto, Maxine Waters, Laurence Zakson, Eric Bauman, Hilary Crosby  

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Winter Executive Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

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