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Author, Activist and Policy Advocate Marcus Raskin Dies at 83

HeadlineDec 27, 2017

And in Washington, D.C., author, activist and policy advocate Marcus Raskin has died at the age of 83. Raskin was the co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, one of Washington’s most influential liberal think tanks. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books on civil rights, the national security state and foreign policy, including his 1965 book “The Viet-Nam Reader,” which helped spark a wave of teach-ins at colleges nationwide. He was also a member of the Boston Five, a group tried in 1968 for conspiracy to help people avoid the draft. In the early 1970s, he was placed on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list, and in 1971, he reportedly helped connect Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg with The New York Times. He is survived by his wife and four children, including Maryland Democratic Congressmember Jamie Raskin.

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