David Gilbert

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David Gilbert's booking photo, 1981.[1]

David Joseph Gilbert (born October 6, 1944 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) was a high-level Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Weather Underground Organization (WUO) operative now serving an extended prison sentence in New York state for his role in the 1981 robbery of an armored truck in which two police officers and a Brinks guard were killed. Gilbert was a member of the Maoist Ayers/Dohrn Action Faction which expelled Communist Party USA (CPUSA) members from SDS leadership. Without Moscow and CPUSA backing, WUO operatives turned to bank robbery and armored truck heists to fund revolutionary activity in the United States

Gilbert was highly active in SDS activities during the Columbia University strike in 1968 and became SDS Regional Community Organizer. Gilbert's fingerprints were found at a WUO bomb factory in San Francisco. Gilbert is also affiliated with the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee.

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At a debate at the University of Denver on November 11, 1969, Gilbert stated a violent Third World revolution was only way to achieve the goal of "world communism."[2]

Gilbert co-authored the SDS booklet, U.S. Imperialism,[3] whose first page includes a quote from The Communist Manifesto. He wrote the book, No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-imperialist Political Prisoner, which includes an endorsement on the back cover from Ward Churchill, the college professor who achieved notoriety for comparing victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to Nazis.

Chesa Boudin, the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, was raised by Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers because Gilbert and the child's mother went to prison.

See also


  1. Ambush:The Brinks Robbery of 1981, truTV - Crime Library: Terrorists, The Weather Underground & Black Liberation Army
  2. Foreign Influence - Weather Underground Organization (WUO). FBI Chicago Field Office Report, August 20, 1976. Page 202 in original (p. 17 pdf).
  3. Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection, Cliff Kincaid, America's Survival, Inc., pp. 1, 8 pdf.