Alan Haber

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Haber in 2007.

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] Haber currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his partner Odile Hugonot-Haber.[3]

Described variously at the time as "Ann Arbor's resident radical" and "reticent visionary",[4] Haber organized a human rights conference in April of that year which "marked the debut of SDS" [5] and invited four organizers of the 1960 NAACP sit-ins against segregated lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Haber "came from a leftist background";[4] his father was an "energetic" supporter of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal with socialist-progressive sympathies.[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]

He also helped to found the Berkeley, CA Long Haul Infoshop[8]

Currently, he is working on the Megiddo Peace Project,[9] and makes a living as a cabinetmaker. He is also involved with the revival of Students for a Democratic Society (2006 organization).[10]


  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. ^ Miller, Janet (Feb 1, 2012). "The Ann Arbor News". Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b Towne, David, J.D. (1998). "SDS: Rage Against the Machine". Albion College: Unpublished undergraduate research paper. 
  5. ^ Zulick, Margaret D. (1996). "Movement Chronology from the Civil War to the Present". from course on American Rhetorical Movements (COM 341): Wake Forest University. 
  6. ^ Miller, James (1987). Democracy is in the Streets: Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago. Simon and Schuster. 
  7. ^ Levine, Peter (2000). The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative Democracy. Rowman and Littlefield. 
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  9. ^ The Megiddo Peace Project
  10. ^ Students for a Democratic Society

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