Six protesters from the '68 Democratic National Convention rally together again to debate their movement's legacy and how times have changed.
Knowing what you know now, what might you have done differently?
James Well, we never got the police car over.
Kurshan As a woman, I would have fought harder and stronger to have my voice be heard earlier.
Rose I cannot look back at ’68 and say we made a tactical mistake or something I should have known to do differently. It didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I can’t say it was due to a mistake on our part.
Do you think people were more passionate then?
Rose If the times seemed more intense during Vietnam, I would attribute it to a more deadly, 50,000 dead, war, plus the existence of the draft.
Katz I don’t think the issue was passion, but a sense of possibility. We felt very empowered in the ’60s, that what we did would or could make a difference. I think today there is a greater sense of desperation, a sense—a reality—that nothing we do will affect Bush, et al.
Peck Many today are passionate; we were in the crucible.