Alan Haber

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Alan Haber
Alan Haber (2007).jpeg
Haber in 2007.
Born (1936-07-29) July 29, 1936 (age 85)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan 1954-1965, bachelor's degree
Known forFirst president of Students for a Democratic Society

Robert Alan Haber (born July 29, 1936) is an American activist. He 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Haber "came from a leftist background".[3] His father William Haber, an economist, former dean and professor at the University of Michigan, was an "energetic" supporter of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal with socialist-progressive sympathies.[5][6] 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.[7] Haber has one brother.[8]

In 1954, Haber enrolled at the University of Michigan.[9] He graduated in 1965.[10][11][6]


Haber makes a living as a cabinetmaker. Currently,[when?] he is working on the Megiddo Peace Project,[12] and is involved with the revival of Students for a Democratic Society (2006 organization).[13][failed verification]

He helped found the Berkeley, California Long Haul Infoshop, an anarchist resource center and community space.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Haber lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his partner Odile Hugonot-Haber.[15]


  1. ^ Sale, Kirkpatrick (1973). SDS: Ten Years Towards a Revolution. Random House.
  2. ^ Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1991). Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the FBI File on the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weatherman Underground Organization.
  3. ^ a b Towne, David, J.D. (1998). "SDS: Rage Against the Machine". Albion College: Unpublished undergraduate research paper. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Zulick, Margaret D. (1996). "Movement Chronology from the Civil War to the Present". from course on American Rhetorical Movements (COM 341): Wake Forest University. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ Miller, James (1987). Democracy is in the Streets: Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago. Simon and Schuster.
  6. ^ a b Frederic Alan Maxwell (June 20, 2012). "Port Huron Statement turns 50". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Levine, Peter (2000). The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative Democracy. Rowman and Littlefield.
  8. ^ Sam Howe Verhovek (January 3, 1989). "William Haber, Who Directed Aid To Jewish Refugees, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Wendy Ochoa (September 2010). "'60s activist Alan Haber predicts today's 'enslaved' students will rise again". The Washtenaw Voice. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Chelsea Landry (November 1, 2011). "Famous 1960s activists visit Occupy Ann Arbor site". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Jeremy Allen (March 22, 2015). "U-M professors' first teach-in 50 years ago launched a national movement". Retrieved September 7, 2015. Haber, an Ann Arbor resident and the co-founder and first president of Students for a Democratic Society...
  12. ^ "Welcome to the Megiddo Peace Project". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Students for a Democratic Society". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  14. ^ "An evening with Alan Haber, founder of S.D.S. and Long Haul Infoshop : Indybay". Indybay. July 11, 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  15. ^ Miller, Janet (Feb 1, 2012). "Activism in 2012: SDS founder Alan Haber and Odile Hugonot-Haber leading discussion on Occupy movement". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2014-04-19.

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