[Ppnews] SF - Sun 1/29 - New David Gilbert Book Launch - Love and Struggle

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Join us for a Book Launch & Celebration of

Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond
By David Gilbert

"Gilbert adds heart and bone to the stuff of history."  —Mumia Abu Jamal

January 29th, 4-6pm
518 Valencia

this event is free and wheelchair accessible

with readers/panelists:

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian and author of Outlaw Woman and Red Dirt
Terry Bisson, editor of Love and Struggle
Molly McClure, anti-racist organizer with Catalyst Project
Sanyika Bryant, organizer with Malcolm X 
Grassroots Movement and Causa Justa::Just Cause
moderated by Claude Marks, Freedom Archives

About the Book (available now from 
<https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=370>PM 
Press and at the event)

A nice Jewish boy from suburban Boston—hell, an 
Eagle Scout!—David Gilbert arrived at Columbia 
University just in time for the explosive 
Sixties. From the early anti-Vietnam War protests 
to the founding of SDS, from the Columbia Strike 
to the tragedy of the Townhouse, Gilbert was on 
the scene: as organizer, theoretician, and above 
all, activist. He was among the first militants 
who went underground to build the clandestine 
resistance to war and racism known as 
“Weatherman.” And he was among the last to 
emerge, in captivity, after the disaster of the 
1981 Brinks robbery, an attempted expropriation 
that resulted in four deaths and long prison 
terms. In this extraordinary memoir, written from 
the maximum-security prison where he has lived 
for almost thirty years, David Gilbert tells the 
intensely personal story of his own Long March 
from liberal to radical to revolutionary.

Today a beloved and admired mentor to a new 
generation of activists, he assesses with rare 
humor, with an understanding stripped of 
illusions, and with uncommon candor the errors 
and advances, terrors and triumphs of the Sixties 
and beyond. It’s a battle that was far from won, 
but is still not lost: the struggle to build a 
new world, and the love that drives that effort. 
A cautionary tale and a how-to as well, Love and 
Struggle is a book as candid, as uncompromising, and as humane as its author.

Praise:

"Required reading for anyone interested in the 
history of radical movements in this country. An 
honest, vivid portrait of a life spent 
passionately fighting for justice. In telling his 
story, Gilbert also reveals the history of left 
struggles in the 1960s and 70s, and imparts 
important lessons for today's 
activists."  —Jordan Flaherty, author of 
Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six

“David’s is a unique and necessary voice forged 
in the growing American gulag, the underbelly of 
the 'land of the free,' offering a focused and 
unassailable critique as well as a vision of a 
world that could be but is not yet—a place of 
peace and love, joy and justice.”  —Bill Ayers, 
author of Fugitive Days and Teaching Toward Freedom

“Like many of his contemporaries, David Gilbert 
gambled his life on a vision of a more just and 
generous world. His particular bet cost him the 
last three decades in prison, and whether or not 
you agree with his youthful decision, you can be 
the beneficiary of his years of deep thought, 
reflection, and analysis on the reality we all 
share. If there is any benefit to prison, what 
some refer to as ‘the involuntary monastery,’ it 
may well look like this book. I urge you to read 
it.”  —Peter Coyote, actor, author of Sleeping Where I Fall

"This book should stimulate learning from our 
political prisoners, but more importantly it 
challenges us to work to free them, and in doing 
so take the best of our history forward."  —Susan 
Rosenberg, author of An American Radical

About the Author:

One of America’s most celebrated political 
prisoners since his appearance in the Academy 
Award nominated film,The Weather Underground, 
David Gilbert is also the author of No Surrender, 
a book of essays on politics and history. He can 
be reached at NY’s Auburn Correctional Facility as 83-A-6158.

About Boots Riley (foreword):

A popular leader in the progressive struggle for 
radical change through culture, Boots Riley is 
best known as the leader of The Coup, the seminal 
hip-hop group from Oakland, CA. Billboard 
Magazine declared the group "the best hip-hop act 
of the past decade." Riley recently teamed with 
Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) to form 
the revolutionary new group, Street Sweeper Social Club.



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