An Open Letter to “Movement Men” by David Gilbert
White anti-imperialist prisoner of war David Gilbert recently wrote this:
February 17, 2010
An Open Letter to Movement Men
To My Brothers in the Movement,
This open letter is a call, made both passionately and emphatically, for movement men to get fully involved in childcare. Childcare is one of the most demanding and most rewarding jobs in the world and is essential to advancing the struggle. I’ve been surprised to learn that in this day and age that responsibility still falls overwhelmingly on women. Men’s failure in this regard is not only unfair but also hurts our movement since it is a major impediment to women’s participation, to the full range of contribution they can make. But even more, if truth be told, this aloofness damages men the most because we cut ourselves off from the regular interactions that can enrich our lives in many ways. Children ask the questions that make us think more deeply about everything, exude the energy that buoys our spirits, embody the potential that gives us hope for the future.
It’s for the children that we fight to make a better world. Brothers, it is way past due to get fully involved in childcare.
NYC ABC will be having a Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner with David Gilbert as its focus on March 30th, in the Bronx.