Too soon gone for sure; it's sad to note the passing of icon Tom Hayden. I'll admit I really didn't know all that much about him, but reading the articles recounting his life in the wake of this loss for all of us really gave me an appreciation of his contributions.
He really was a fighter and true advocate for left/ progressive causes. He kept up his activism throughout his days. He was committed to working for peace, racial justice, economic and social justice, and was also concerned about environmental causes.
The Guardian has a good overview of his life. I first learned of his death via a report on commondreams.org, which is my homepage.
Their article is fairly short, but is worth reading. This quote still rings true today:
"If we appear to seek the unattainable, as it has been said, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable," reads the conclusion of the Port Huron manifesto, which Hayden drafted in 1962 for the leftist organization Students for a Democratic Society.
Included in the common dreams report are some tweets memorializing Mr. Hayden. I really love this one from a John Nichols: "Tom Hayden sought a multi-racial, anti-sexist, LGBTQ-embracing radical movement that anticipated our best politics." That sounds very much what I so often advocate right here!
So Rest in Peace, Tom Hayden. You really fought the good fight.