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Tom Hayden, Member of ‘Chicago 7’ and Former California Lawmaker, Dies at 76

Former U.S. Senator Tom Hayden (D-CA) speaks at a political conference on February 17, 2002 in Los Angeles. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Senator Tom Hayden (D-CA) speaks at a political conference on February 17, 2002 in Los Angeles. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop the Vietnam War and became one of the nation’s best-known champions of liberal causes, has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Hayden vaulted into national politics in 1962 as lead author of a student manifesto that became the ideological foundation for demonstrations against the war.

President Nixon’s Justice Department prosecuted Hayden in the raucous “Chicago 7” trial following the violent clashes with police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Hayden later married actress Jane Fonda, and the celebrity couple traveled the nation denouncing the war before forming a California political organization that backed scores of liberal candidates and ballot measures in the 1970s and ’80s, most notably Proposition 65, the anti-toxics measure that requires signs in gas stations, bars and grocery stores that warn of cancer-causing chemicals.

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