Marcus G. Raskin is a memberof the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Policy Studies. Paths for Reconstruction in the 21st Century. He is the father of Maryland State Senator and activist, Jamin B. Raskin.
Marcus Raskin and another founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, Arthur Waskow, had previously worked for Democratic Congressman Robert Kastenmeier of Wisconsin. In 1961 they co-authored a report for him that recommended unilateral disarmament for the U.S.
Working with Seymour Melman
Seymour Melman was part of a circle of critical intellectuals with epicenters in various networks. Three were central. First, Melman was part of the Frame of Reference group led by University of Pennsylvania Professor Zellig Harris. Second, he was part of a group of critical scholars at Columbia University including Robert S. Lynd, a leading sociologist in the United States. Third, he was connected to a wide network of national and international scholars and activists concerned with disarmament, economic conversion and economic democracy, e.g. Noam Chomsky, Marcus Raskin, Harley Shaiken, John Ullmann, Lloyd J. Dumas, John Kenneth Galbraith, among many others.
On April 10, 1982, an IPS-sponsored group visiting Moscow for a week of meetings with high-level Soviet officials responsible for disseminating disinformation and propaganda for U.S. consumption, met with U.S. reporters to serve as the unofficial means for floating the possibility that Brezhnev might agree to a New York summit meeting in New York at SSD-II. The IPS group, led by its principal spokesman, Marcus Raskin, IPS cofounder and senior fellow, included Robert Borosage, IPS director, National Lawyers Guild activist and former director of the Center for National Security Studies; Minneapolis Mayor Donald M. Fraser; Rt. Rev. Paul Moore, Episcopal Bishop of New York; New York lawyer Robert S. Potter; and Roger Wilkins, journalist and senior fellow of the Joint Center for Political Studies which specializes in "black issues."
The IPS group identified only two of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee officials they met - Georgi A. Arbatov, head of the Institute of the USA and Canada, a "think-tank" that provides research and analysis and also cultivates and develops contacts with Americans at the direction of the KGB and the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee; and Vadim V. Zagladin, first deputy chief of the International Department.
In various U.S. interviews, Borosage has floated such standard Soviet themes as the Soviet Union is satisfied by "rough parity" with the United States; that the United States is restarting the arms race; that the Soviets want to go back to SALT II and get U.S. ratification; that if the United States starts another round in the arms race, it will seriously hurt the Soviet economy and ordinary Soviet citizens-but they'll still go ahead, so competition is futile; and the threat that the modern U.S. weapons proposed for deployment are "very dangerous... and would lead to much more dangerous stages that would make both sides insecure, not more secure."
Borosage took pains to say that the Soviets are "skeptical" of the disarmament movement and "they hadn't expected it. It was much more powerful and widespread than they'd ever imagined."
Advising Presidential hopefuls
During the 1984 Democratic primaries, Institute for Policy Studies founders Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet advised George McGovern and Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), and IPS fellow Saul Landau, an Emmy-winning filmmaker, shot some of McGovern's spots.
Institute for Southern Studies
The Institute for Southern Studies was incorporated in the state of North Carolina on July 28, 1989. The founding members listed on the incorporation papers:
- Julian Bond President, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Peter Bourne, from Washington, D.C.
- N. Jerold Cohen, from Atlanta, Georgia
- John Lewis, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Marcus Raskin, from Washington, D.C.
- Howard Romaine, from New Iberia, Louisiana
- Robert Sherrill, from Washington, D.C.
- Sue Thrasher Secretary, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Elizabeth Tornquist, from Durham, North Carolina
In 2009, the Editorial board of The Nation included Marcus Raskin, Deborah Meier, Richard Falk, Deepak Bhargava, Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Victor Navasky, Pedro Antonio Noguera, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Kristina Rizga, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, David Weir and Roger Wilkins.
Washington Peace Center award
On December 8, 2010, the Washington Peace Center hosted their 6th Annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala, at All Souls Church and" celebrate the hard work and successes of DC activists in creating a more just and peaceful world." IPS takes pride that our very own Marc Raskin is one of the recipients of this year's Activist Award! Join us for the activist party of the season!
The awardees were:
- Marcus Raskin, Institute for Policy Studies
- April Goggans, Marbury Plaza Tenants Association
- Ayize Sabater, MOMIES, TLC (Mentors of Minorities in Education's Total Learning Cis-Tem)
- Ayo Handi-Kendi, African American Holiday Association
- Cheryl Barnes, National Coalition for the Homeless
- Isaiah Toney, DC Jobs with Justice and GW student
- Johnny Bairnes, ACLU of the National Capitol Region
- Mike Marceau, Veterans for Peace and Montgomery Peace Action
- Rosa Lozano, CASA de Maryland
- Walda Katz-Fishman, DC Metro Social Forum and Howard University
Lynn Raskin, a Washington D.C. realtor, and her husband, Marcus Raskin, a cofounder of the Institute for Policy Studies, contributed to progressive candidates in several tight congressional races during the 2012 election cycle. They donated to Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat running for Senate in Massachusetts. They've also given money to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
- Communists in the Democratic party, page 70
- The War Called Peace: Glossary, published 1982
- Left-Wing Thinkers Interview by Sidney Blumenthal Washington Post, 30 July 1986
- IPS Co-Founder Marc Raskin Given 2010 Activist Award!, IPS website, accessed November 30, 2010
- Mother Jones, How Google Mixed Up Sherrod and Scott Brown—By Deanna Pan, Thu Aug. 30, 2012