It's been 50 years since the tumultuous events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, events for which Marilyn Katz found herself front and center. Check out Marilyn's editorials contemplating those watershed moments in August of '68, in addition to her numerous media appearances reflecting on that monumental week and time:


Chicago Sun-Times, 8/23/18

1968 Democratic Convention not to blame for the lost male white moderate voter

Most of the people who write about August ’68 have it wrong.

Conventional wisdom and academics such as David Farber, author of “Chicago ’68”, hold that the lawlessness of the youth in Chicago’s streets during the Democratic National Convention drove voters to Richard Nixon — “the law and order candidate” — and ushered in decades of Republican rule.

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In These Times, 8/23/18

Blame the Democrats, Not the Protesters

...the reality is that it was racism—not cultural politics or demonstrations in the street—that caused a majority of white voters to abandon the Democratic Party. And it was the Democratic establishment’s inability to embrace new political realities that resulted in the squandering of the progressive vote that might have spelled victory and a different history.

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Media Appearances

New York Times, 8/27/2018

‘The Whole World Is Watching’: The 1968 Democratic Convention, 50 Years Later

On Aug. 28, 1968, violent clashes in Chicago between demonstrators and the police produced one of the most polarizing showdowns of the 1960s. People are still debating what it all meant.

MARILYN KATZ, then 21, S.D.S. security chief: I was pretty exuberant. We were having a good time. We had Allen Ginsberg and all these adults who were our idols coming to say how wonderful we were. It wasn’t just in Chicago — it was Paris, Mexico City, Prague. We were part of a worldwide youth movement, and we really thought we were the future.
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Chicago Sun-Times, 8/25/2018

Chicago’s history is told through stories of protest

“Both young and old and in-between should engage in protests of policies that are harmful to the earth and its people,” Marilyn Katz told me last week. The political and public policy strategist was the deputy head of security for the 1968 demonstrators, and has worked on other efforts, including the Iraq War rally.

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Good Day Chicago, 8/28/2018

Activist Marilyn Katz reflects on the 1968 DNC protests


CBS2 Sunday Morning, 8/26/2018

Remembering 1968: Chicago's bloody Democratic Convention

Marilyn Katz was the 23-year-old head of security for Students for a Democratic Society. "The notion that anybody came to the party with the idea of a big fight is wrong," she said. "I understand that they felt that one, they should keep control of their city, and that the Democratic Party and the mayor were saying, 'We're counting on you to keep things in order.' There was no excuse for beating us."
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ABC7 News, 8/27/2018

50 years later, activists remember bloody protests outside 1968 Democratic National Convention

[Don] Rose and Marilyn Katz were protest leaders in Chicago in 1968. They both point to the riots on the city's West Side following the assassination of Martin Luther King, four months before the convention, as setting the tone for their planned protests.

"It was after Martin Luther King had been killed, after the West Side had gone up in flames, tensions were high among everybody," Katz recalled.
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WGN Radio, 8/22/2018

Marilyn Katz on the 1968 Democratic National Convention: It paved the way for the election of Harold Washington and Barack Obama

Marilyn Katz was an anti-war activist during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.    In the mid-1960s she joined the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and started working as a community organizer in the Uptown neighborhood. She helped organize protest marches following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  And that summer Katz organized the defense for anti-Vietnam War protestors at the Democratic National Convention.
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