Video: “Chicago” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Vox Populi

We honor Tom Hayden, tireless activist, lawmaker, writer, “radical inside the system,” now dead at 76 – both for how long and hard he fought, and the cogent, hopeful way he did it. From his thoughtful view of this horror of an election season as “the end of one generation on the left and the rise of another,” to his inspired reportage on the 1967 Newark riots a.k.a. occupation – sparked specifically by the police beating of a black cab driver and historically by the too-long grievances of African-Americans – he brilliantly and faithfully upheld “the idea and practice of democracy (as) a revolutionary idea.” Honing in on the trial of the Chicago 7, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young memorably celebrated the spirit of what Hayden viewed as that lofty “unfinished business” – and his enduring legacy. — Abby Zimet

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