[Marxism] Al Haber comment on Jim Zarichny posts

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 7 10:08:01 MST 2013

from alan haber. i was counting on him forever, he was with us from the 
beginning, and from before the beginning, thinking of sds, and also of 
mds, the movement for a democratic society, when we restarted a few 
years ago and still last year when i last saw him, indomitable, forever 
young. so for the rest of us, still here, who know and care, keep on 
doing the work you were doing, as though you were two,… and strive 
toward a larger, more inclusive political union. check out 
movementforademocraticsociety.org. or write me at megiddo at umich.edu do 
it for jim.



Robert Alan Haber, a graduate of the University of Michigan, was the 
first president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a U.S. 
radical student activist organization. Haber was elected at the first 
meeting of SDS in 1960.[1] FBI files at the time indicated his official 
title as Field Secretary.[2]

Described variously at the time as "Ann Arbor's resident radical" and 
"reticent visionary",[3] Haber organized a human rights conference in 
April of that year which "marked the debut of SDS" [4] and invited four 
organizers of the 1960 NAACP sit-ins against segregated lunch counters 
in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Haber "came from a leftist background";[3] his father was an "energetic" 
supporter of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal with 
socialist-progressive sympathies.[5]

Haber's parents named him after former Wisconsin governor, congressman 
and senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr., advocate of the Wisconsin Idea 
political reforms in the late 19th century and early 20th century.[6]

He also helped to found the Berkeley, CA Long Haul Infoshop[7]

Currently, he is working on the Megiddo Peace Project,[8] and makes a 
living as a cabinetmaker. He is also involved with the revival of 
Students for a Democratic Society (2006 organization).[9]

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