In 2006, at age 46, he was earning the most money of his life installing security systems. He practiced yoga daily, worked out, had quit smoking, and taught himself to play sitar — but something was amiss.

Seeking to find out more about himself, he discovered the Franciscan Renewal Center, a New Age spiritual retreat in Scottsdale.

Gilman encountered a ponytailed friar at the center who described how he'd walked migrant trails near Nogales and set out water for Mexicans on their way north through the rugged desert to Tucson and Phoenix. The friar explained that people died every day making the journey.

Gilman says he'd never thought about the plight of those who brave the elements and worse to get to the United States from Mexico and points south.

Charlie Brown, general manager of the Franciscan retreat, remembers Gilman well. He recalls him eyeing a flyer at the center from No More Deaths, an organization that leaves water in the desert and otherwise cares for ailing immigrants it finds in Arizona's barren terrain.

Brown says Gilman decreed: "I'm going to go down and see what this is about!"

During this time, Gilman awoke at 2:30 one morning in a cold sweat.

"My God, I'm fucking selfish!" he recalls saying to himself. "I have to change."

He knew he had to travel to the border and get in touch with No More Deaths.

When he did, he met a group of volunteers who cried and fought with each other, who struggled against the immensity of their task. But they were happy. There was serenity in them; Gilman figured they didn't wake up in the morning and think about how to fix themselves. They worked at trying to fix the world.

At first, he didn't fit in. He kept referring to immigrants as "illegals," a phrase the No More Deaths members admonished him for using.

Gilman joined the volunteers as they put out water. As he and the others crossed a wash, he noticed a rosary lying in the dust next to a baby shoe. It was hot, and he wasn't used to such a trek. The blood ran to his head. Was he having a heart attack?

Then, he realized that he was overcome with emotion."My God, this is a real person's little shoe!" he remembers thinking. "This is a little baby [out in the treacherous desert]."

Mothers, fathers, and children were the type of people crossing, he realized, trying to find work to better their lives. These were real people taking real risks. His own emotional distress meant nothing compared to what these human beings were going through.

Gilman acted as a silent observer at protests for No More Deaths for a time, reporting back to the organization about what transpired. But Dennis Gilman isn't a quiet man. Soon he joined those yelling and carrying signs.

Then, Arpaio sent his deputies to raid the tiny town of Guadalupe in 2008, and Gilman became a full-on activist. He started using his videocamera to "get back at" certain politicians and their "bullies" with badges.


Gilman's a fireplug of an Irish-American who can be self-conscious about his height (he'd probably punch you if you used his name in the same sentence as leprechaun). He's a jeans and T-shirt guy, and when he talks, he speaks with his arms and eyebrows. Even his thick, graying hair shakes in solidarity with his exclamations. His eyes are a youthful blue, but his tanned face seems creased with every emotion he's ever felt.

He takes his rabble-rousing hobby of five years as seriously as he takes his day job installing security systems.

He's proud of the work that pays the bills — he's a consummate professional. But it's become a way to fund his after-hours passion: camera-wielding activism.

"You know who Ed Pastor is?" he asks, shaking his head furiously as he paces his overgrown lawn. He asks because the don't-rock-the-boat Democratic congressman is barely known to many. "That piece of shit just endorsed Rebecca's opponent!"

On Gilman's mind is Rebecca Jimenez, who's running for mayor of Guadalupe, a pocket of about 1,100 homes between Phoenix and Tempe, a place where three of five residents are Latino and 36 percent of the town lives below poverty level.

He heard of Jimenez and began to admire her because she told off Arpaio to his face when he first raided Guadalupe in the spring of 2008. Amazingly, standing up to the law enforcement tyrant for her town cost Jimenez her mayoral job.

But she's challenging the current town mayor (Gilman previously had made an election video for Jimenez) and the primary election is under way as Dennis fumes.

"I can't believe this stuff — what an asshole!" Gilman spews about Pastor, who represents heavily Latino South Phoenix and whom Gilman calls a "lukewarm invertebrate."

Gilman storms through his modest Scottsdale home, passing his guitars, his sitar, the bullhorn he no longer uses, and bins of records on the floor as he heads to his editing room.

This room once was his music studio, but now the waffled, gray foam soundboard covering the walls is a cushion for his pinned-up political pictures and drawings (one's of Arpaio with a penis for a nose). The studio drum set's covered with dust. Somewhere in the clutter are 10 hard drives storing his video footage. Gilman sits down at his computer, broods for a minute, and finishes editing a Facebook message he's about to send to Ed Pastor:

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Cozz
Cozz

Respect and admiration for you Dennis, without your work and devotion, the truth would have never been known just how racist and third world country Arizona really is.

Keep up the great work buddy !

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Thanks all for the kind words but I stay behind the camera for a reason   I'm not nearly as interesting as the people I film.  Now its time for me to do some shameless self promotion and post my new video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1uBksODUTM



brinvinn
brinvinn

OK wow, so rol lthat beautifl bean footage!


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swmkm
swmkm

From this article: 3 in 5 residents of Guadalupe are Latino. An incredible 36% of Guadalupe residents are below the poverty line. Which is exactly why we don't need any more of these uneducated, unskilled, poor people. All they will do is turn America into a poor nation rife with poverty, crime, drug cartels, etc. Legal immigrants from various countries make this a better nation. A never ending stream of poor, unskilled, uneducated citizens of Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala will only bring this nation down. Stop kidding yourselves liberals. I know you like to pretend to love everybody and act like you're such wonderful, compassionate people, but be REALISTIC.

swmkm
swmkm

According to him, the Tea Party is 1,000 times worse and full of more hate than the Neo-Nazis. And that's where all the credibility goes out the window. How are they more hateful? Because they want smaller government? Because they hate taxes? Obviously they are a much bigger threat to the liberal agenda than a few neo-Nazis, and that's why they were targeted and discriminated against by the IRS and the EPA. 

swmkm
swmkm

OMG!!! He is so scary!! Because he has a CAMERA!!!! And it's RECORDING!! (GASP!) Yes sir, I will now believe what your views are!!!!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

By the way in the news today the judge won't reconsider the drivers license ruling. Amen to that!

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

vaginatrailkaren supports child molester enabler arpaio. teabilly

prisonabolitionist
prisonabolitionist

AZ wouldn't be the same without you, Dennis - thanks for all you do!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Well written story of recognition for pioneers in our midst. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Mr. Gilman,

I certainly owe you a shot of Crown Royal Black for all the hard work you do exposing the corrupt, narcissistic degenerates we call public officials (not all of Arizona's public officials are corrupt narcissists. Sheila Polk comes to mind).

Now to shout out the motto of my beloved homestate of Virginia: Sic Semper Tyrannis (thus always to tyrants)

luisoncln
luisoncln

Ive been following your videos on youtube for quite a while now. Thank you Sir for all that you do. May my God bless you with good health and keep you from any harm so that you continue doing what you do. 

ChemTrailKaren
ChemTrailKaren

DEAR SHERIFF JOE,

Now that the activist judge has rukled with the lawbreakers and you cant arrest illegals would you please do us all a favor and arrest GILBOY THE OPEN BORDER MARXIST SCUM. He is a traitor to this nation and a law breaker.  GILBOY IS WHITE. You can arrest him for traitor acts and disorderly condiut.  GOD BLESS YOU SHERIFF. 

ChemTrailKaren
ChemTrailKaren

This is garbage. The worst article ever about a disgusting person who terrorizes patriots.   

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

thats some intestinal fortitude you are walking around with Dennis. you are doing a job nobody else wants to do. you are doing a job where you dont expect or recieve the praise and recognition you deserve. you are fighting for those who need your help and doing it at the risk of your own health and safety. reminds me of me when i joined the Marines in the 80's. i got a rifle, you have a camera. i was better prepared and yet you still go in as proud as i was and at twice the age.  well done sir, well done

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

good article about Gilman, great work by Gilman.  way to go Dennis, good to see you get your accolades that you have earned. (you do realize, your article is longer than Joe's write ups right?  he is going to be soooo jealous)

wtf...
wtf...

long due recognition for Mr Gilman!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Thank you Mr. Gilman for exposing the sometimes ugly truth about Arizona.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

Dennis, you do a great job despite a ton of adversity. hats off to you sir! 

deniseaz2003
deniseaz2003

thank you Dennis for catching the videos you do .and thank you as well to the others as well . this state needs such works shown world wide,  and those responsible for the hate need to be exposed and thrown out of office . only then can AZ start to heal from hate and bigotry .

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@dennis20 love the 2012 clips of Arpaio giving a speech and laughing that he is costing us millions in lawsuits. NO true leader laughs at costing his people ANYTHING.

luisoncln
luisoncln

@swmkm Allow me. ill be if you will a little more realistic. if I may. Todays migration is structured by contemporary relationships among countries and regions and by their history of ecenomic inequality. Unequal economic relationships should be changed, not because they lead to migration- but because they lead to human suffering and an unsustainable world. High levels of migration are a symptom of a global economic system that privelages the few at the expense of the many. It could be called capitalism, it could be called neoliberalism,it could be called globalization or even neo-colnialism. As long as it keeps resources unequally distributed in the world, you are going to have people escaping the regions that are DELIBERATELY? kept poor and violent and seeking freedom in the places where the world's resources have been concentrated: in the countries that controlled and been beneficiaries of, the global economic system that took shape after 1492! should I be MORE clear?


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@swmkm hate to tell you this, but those uneducated and unskilled people are our people. thats why we want people from other countries bringing their educated and skilled here......because our schools are among the worst. our education system is probably the worst in the world or at least pretty damn close. why should other countries send their people here to help us when we wont even help people who you claim to be worse than us? most Americans are below the poverty line and its the result of things like our current administration and people like Joe Arpaio who seem to want to spend our money (what little of it we have) like it is going out of style. Mexico may be supplying drugs, but who is the country that is creating the demand? the people who are turning America into a poor nation rife with poverty, crime, drugs, etc....are Americans. at least the Mexicans are smart enough to take advantage of the market we have created for drugs, and our people are to F***ING stupid to make the drugs, we have to get them from a country that is supposed to be uneducated. and our people are too damn lazy to work so we get laborers from a country that is supposed to be unskilled. i am against illegal immigration, but put the blame where it belongs

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@swmkm lol first, as we now know the tea party groups werent targeted..check Rep Cummings recent promise to unload ALL transcripts of interviews which detail the lies Issa and the rest of have been saying. (or selectively using statements that benefit their accusations, but in reality arent true or are completely out of context). 

Second, the tea party has turned into a fascist, ultra religious cult type group that lashes out at their own for going against the grain..truth be damned. They threaten, intimidate, and try to coerce people into their way of thinking..The politicians use their anger and hatred of whatever to drive them into a frenzy, then unleash them onto the rest of us. This is precisely how the Nazi's got into power. 

Lastly, how are they NOT more hateful than the Nazi's (before the war that is..after you are right, no comparison....yet)? maybe its because you are a tea party member..but try not being one. Or just say one thing that dissents from the party opinion. Enjoy the belittlement, the irrational threats and logic, and the attempts at intimidation to get you to change. Facts? HA those arent in the cards. They just fabricate whatever to suit them at the moment, whether its hypocritical or not. 

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

the teatards are ignorant, uneducated, liars and they smell like fetid outhouses.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You mean the ruling where GED Jan is violating the Equal Protection Clause to the 14th Amendment Robert?

That means the Executive Order is void.

ChemTrailKaren
ChemTrailKaren

@luisoncln  GILBOY deserves all the harm and bad health the good lord jesur will send him and I pray he gets it.  He's an open boarder anarchist with marxist ties to terrorists.  AND HIS VIDEOS SUCK

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@ChemTrailKaren only traitor is you..traitor to the Constitution, traitor to the Christian faith...you are a disgrace

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

How about if he arrests you -- for talking stupidly.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO idiots like you and JAF are exactly the reason why Arizona continues to be a third world country.

In the event you dropped out of school, Arizona was part of Mexico until 1848. So, Arizona has a colorful history and it's damn proud of its Hispanic ancestry.

Get a clue before you spew your drunken, incoherent babble.

luisoncln
luisoncln

@ChemTrailKaren  You are a moron! The concept of human rights is based on the recognition of the inherent dignity and worth of every human being.

Under international law, ALL MIGRANTS WITHOUT EXCEPTION OF ANY KIND are entitled to: the right to life;the right not to be tortured or ill-treated;the right not to be subject to impermissible discrimination;the right to recognition before the law;and the right not to be subject to slavery.

In addition, all migrants, REGARDLESS OF STATUS, are guaranteed the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health;as well as the right to education.

The principle of non-discrimination is central to the protection of the human rights of all migrants. Any differences in the treatment meted out to migrants must conform to international law – they must not breach migrants’ internationally recognized human rights. 

The USA has ratified, and therefore has an obligation to adhere to, many of the key human rights treaties that guarantee these fundamental rights, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD); and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 

The USA has signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social 

and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the 

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against 

Women.

As a SIGNATORY to these treaties, it has an obligation to refrain 

from actions that would defeat their object and purpose.

International law also obliges the USA to protect and fulfill human rights 

and to safeguard individuals from infringement of these rights by third 

parties, the principle of “due diligence.”

This includes an obligation to prevent human rights violations, investigate and punish them when they occur, and provide compensation and support services for victims.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

slimetrail karen's vagina terrorizes pee pee's.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@ChemTrailKaren the only disgusting people that terrorize patriots are people like you and the tea party! you arent a patriot, youre the furthest thing from it. You hate your fellow Americans, you stand against the Constitution when it suits you, and you are a fascist! oh, and ive watched the tea baggers try and assault him, as you so wish for..lol theyre lucky they didnt break a hip in the weak attempt. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO Karen, you wouldn't know the definition of the word "patriot" if it bitch-slapped you in the face.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@danzigsdaddy Excellent , and very well put Yes us Americans Have created the demand and yes they are taking advantage of it .....Were still up against stupid laws and extremely ignorant people . It will run its course and if the powers to be stay in office nothing will ever change here in sandland Love this State was born and raised here and have slowly seen it go to shit with all these slime balls running it . They all cover themselves with the same sheet . It makes me sad that the Arizona that I grew up in has turned into a dumping ground for rapists pedophiles and weird fucks like jiffy and his pappy smoking joe the convicted RACIST.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@ChemTrailKaren LMAO and the American Taliban strikes again! 

i bet you sleep upside down dont you? you sure are bat shit crazy enough 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ChemTrailKaren wishing death and harm? and doing it in the name of christ?  just exactly what church do you go to?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO the narcissistic old man wouldn't have a job by the time I'm through with him if he even tried to pull that shit on me.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  if he could do that, you would  have been a 3 time loser long long ago. they only give you 3 strikes and you used them up

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@dennis20 dont want your thanks Dennis, this article is about you and you should be enjoying it. (appreciate the modesty though). soon enough the jeers will start hitting, so enjoy the kudos while you can

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Zigs, Karen very likely attends Westboro Baptist Church... you know, the odious cretins who claim the war dead deserved to die....

 
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