See Marilyn's part in the numerous print, television, and radio features reflecting on the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago
New York Times, 8/28/2018
‘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.
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.
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."
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.
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.