David Gilbert,
Political Prisoner

David GilbertDavid Gilbert is a North American political prisoner. The Civil Rights struggle of the 60s exposed David to the sham of US democracy and embodied the beauty of collective struggle. In 1965 he started the Vietnam Committee at Columbia University in NY and became a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) there. In 1967, David authored the first SDS pamphlet on US Imperialism and participated in the Columbia Strike of 1968. After about 5 years of organizing in the above ground movement, David joined the revolutionary underground, spending a total of 10 years engaging in building a clandestine resistance movement. He has discussed his time in the Weather Underground in particular in the award-winning documentary, The Weather Underground. (An interview with David included in this movie is available from Kersplebedeb as part of the DVD Voices of Three Political Prisoners; it can also be viewed online here.)

On October 20, 1981, he and other comrades were captured at Nyack, NY during an attempted expropriation by a unit of the Black Liberation Army working with white revolutionaries (subsequently known as the Revolutionary Armed Task Force- RATF). During the expropriation attempt, a Brinks guard and two police officers were killed. Charged and convicted of felony murder, David is serving a 75 year (minimum) to life sentence.

While in prison, David has been actively involved in the struggle against AIDS, and has remained a staunch opponent of oppression still dedicated to human liberation. He is also a longtime advisor and collaborator in the annual Certain Days Free Political Prisoners Calendar project, and the author of two books, and several pamphlets.

David's most recent book is entitled Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond. Released by PM Press in 2012, it was greeted by very positive reviews from both the movement and mainstream press. Videos of book launches, and reviews from progressive publications, can be viewed below.


Love and Struggle


The official book trailer!

 

Ashanti Alston, former political prisoner
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery

 

Dan Berger, Decarcerate PA
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Sarah Small, Decarcerate PA
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Letter from Laura Whitehorn, former political prisoner
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Joshua Glenn, Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Emily Abendroth, Decarcerate PA
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Letter from Saleem Holbrook, currently incarcerated in PA
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Hakim Ali, Reconstruction, Inc.
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Theresa Shoatz, Human Rights Coalition
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Inez Ramos, National Boricua Human Rights Network
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery


Kazembe Balagun, Brecht Forum
@ Philly launch, April 13, 2012, at Goldilocks Gallery



Naomi Jaffe introduces the event "Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street" on March 3, 2012 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

 


Victorio Reyes reads a selection from "Love and Struggle" during the event "Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street" on March 3, 2012 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

 


Panel at Brecht Forum discussing Love and Struggle; Kazembe Balagoon (standing; facilitator), Kenyon Farrow, Monifa Bandele, Terry Bisson, Alan Grieg, Aazam Otero, Matt Meyer.

Reviews of Love and Struggle


Other Books by David Gilbert

 

No SurrenderIn June 2004, David's book No Surrender was published by Abraham Guillen Press. This is an important book for radicals to read and discuss. The following are reviews of No Surrender available online on this site:

 

 

AIDS Conspiracy Theories: Tracking the Real Genocide AIDS conspiracy Theories: Tracking the Real Genocide, by David Gilbert with commentary. An important investigation into the racist and reactionary underpinnings of many conspiracy theories about AIDS. Reviewed in:

 

 


Incomplete List of Online Writings by David Gilbert