Port Huron Statement


The Port Huron Statement is a 1962 political manifesto of the North American student activist movement Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). It was written primarily by Tom Hayden, a University of Michigan student and then the Field Secretary of SDS, with help from 58 other SDS members, and completed on June 15, 1962, at a United Auto Workers retreat in Port Huron, Michigan (now Lakeport State Park), for the group’s first national convention. A few years later, however, the SDS shifted away from labor unions and more towards the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In December 1964, with the political climate drastically changing, a second printing of the manifesto was issued which included an introductory disclaimer which indicated that ‘while few of its original writers would agree today with all of its conclusions,’ the manifesto retained its importance as an ‘essential source of SDS direction’ and ‘one of the earliest embodiments of the feelings of the new movement of young people which began in the sixties.’ …”
Wikipedia
The Nation – Participatory Democracy: From the Port Huron Statement to Occupy Wall Street By Tom Hayden
Dissent: The Port Huron Statement at Fifty
NY Times: The Port Huron Statement at 50
Port Huron Statement Draft

A Students for a Democratic Society national council meeting in Bloomington, Ind., in 1963. Tom Hayden is at far left.

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