[News] Arm the Spirit Book Event, SF Modern Times 4/30

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Tue Apr 14 11:19:41 EDT 2009


Diana Block in Conversation with

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Thursday, April 30th, 7:30 pm
Modern Times Bookstore

888 Valencia @ 20th St.

For more information and other reading event dates see 


A Woman's Journey Underground and Back


To order go to <http://www.akpress.org/>www.akpress.org


In June 1985, Diana Block, her two-week old son and five companions - 
all of them active in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence - 
fled L.A. after finding a surveillance device in their car. Facing 
the possibility of arrest because of her militant activities, Diana 
spent the next decade living underground, on the run from the FBI, 
raising two children and juggling security, solidarity and 
motherhood. In a perfect demonstration that the personal is 
political, Diana's memoir offers unique insights into the reasons why 
people turned to armed resistance against the U.S. government in the 
1960's and 1970's in response to racism, male supremacy and war. The 
book also traces Diana's political development on either side of her 
time underground, offering a fresh look at the history of the 1970's 
and an analysis of the social terrain of the 1990's when she 
resurfaced and tried to reintegrate into a very different world.

Relayed with emotional depth and a poetic style, ARM THE SPIRIT 
brings a woman's perspective to a subject typically dominated by 
heroic, male discourse. The book paints a vivid, complex picture of 
underground life and its many challenges. What is it like to raise 
children who don't know their mother's real name and birthday? How 
does it feel to see your own history distorted on an episode of 
"America's Most Wanted"? Which aspects of underground life are 
terrifying, which are stultifying, and which ultimately strengthen 
the spirit and will to resist? A captivating tale of struggle and 
solidarity - told from the inside.

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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