Featuring: David Gilbert
David Gilbert became an activist during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960, and later organized against the War in Vietnam. These activities began a lifetime of commitment to those struggling against domination, exploitation and abuse. The most exciting and hopeful event of his life was when his son Chesa was born, on August 21, 1980. In 1981, working in solidarity with a unit of the Black Liberation Army, David and others were captured after an effort to take funds from a Brinks truck went terribly awry—with the horrible result that three men were killed. In prison, David was a pioneer in peer education on AIDS, tutored hundreds of men in adult basic education, and facilitated anti-violence programs. He also did his best to be a loving parent despite the limitations of physical separation. David was granted clemency by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in August of 2021. He was paroled in November of that year and able to return to the loving arms of his family.