David Gilbert (activist)

David Gilbert (Activist)

David Gilbert (activist)

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David Gilbert (born October 6, 1944) is an American radical leftist organizer and activist who is currently imprisoned at Clinton Correctional Facility. Gilbert was a founding member of Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society and member of the Weather Underground Organization. After about ten years underground, he was arrested in October 1981, along with members of the Black Liberation Army and other radicals including Kathy Boudin, his partner and mother of Chesa Boudin, and Judith Alice Clark. Judy Clark was apparently the getaway driver from the robbery to the u-haul, after they killed two police officers and a security guard in the course of an armored car robbery. Although unarmed and not at the scene of the robbery itself, Gilbert was tried and convicted for his part in the three deaths and is now serving a 75 years-to-life sentence for his role in the robbery.

Activism and influences

David Gilbert grew up in a Jewish family in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Inspired in his teens by the Greensboro sit-ins and other events of the Civil Rights Movement, he joined the Congress of Racial Equality at age seventeen. He entered Columbia University in 1962. In March 1965 Gilbert founded the Independent Committee on Vietnam (ICV) at Columbia University. Later, in the same year, he co-founded the Columbia University Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society which merged with ICV in the Fall of 1966 even though there was already a chapter set in...
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