Open Letter from Political Prisoner David Gilbert

David Gilbert (SDS, Weather Underground) did extensive childcare, as part of his Men Against Sexism group, in the days before he went underground.
 

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.
 
David Gilbert
(anti-imperialist political prisoner)

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To get involved with childcare check out:
Bay Area: http://www.bayareachildcarecollective.net
NYC: http://childcarenyc.mayfirst.org/
Montreal: http://www.childcarecollective.blogspot.com/
Philly: http://phillychildcarecollective.org/
DC: http://dcchildcarecollective.org/

If you aren't in any of these locations check in with your local racial & economic justice organizations to see what their childcare needs are.