Author and activist Dan Berger joins us to discuss the case of former Weather Underground member David Gilbert who is serving a 75 year sentence for three counts of felony murder resulting from an attempt to appropriate funds from a Brinks truck to fund revolutionary activity. There is speculation that his long sentence is in part due to David's non-participation in his trial because he did not recognize the authority of the state to try him.
During his period of incarceration, David Gilbert continued his activism helping to set up inmate peer education health programs. He has published book reviews and essays some of which were collected and published under the titled "No Surrender: Writings from an Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner (Abraham Guillen Press) in 2004."
Dan Berger is a writer, activist, and assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington at Bothell. He writes about race, media, prisons, and American social movements. Berger is the author of Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (AK Press, 2006) and co-editor of Letters From Young Activists . His latest book is The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Rutgers University Press, 2010). He is currently writing a book called Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era.
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