[News] Pittsburgh - Activist to discuss memoir

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Thu May 5 10:36:01 EDT 2011

Activist to discuss memoir

Thursday, May 05, 2011

By Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author/activist Diana Block, who lived under an assumed identity in 
Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1994, will be back in town to speak about her 
memoir, "Arm the Spirit: A Woman's Journey Underground and Back" (AK Press).

She will appear today at the University of Pittsburgh, David Lawrence 
Hall, room 120 at 1 p.m., sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, 
and Friday at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley in Highland Park, at 7 
p.m., sponsored by the Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up!

Ms. Block of San Francisco was one of a small group of activists with 
the Puerto Rican independence movement who went underground in the 
midst of what turned out to be an FBI sting operation.

After discovering a bug in their car, they "disappeared," eventually 
landing in Pittsburgh, where she lived in Squirrel Hill under the 
name Pat Hoffman. They emerged after 13 years in hiding, having 
worked out a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Ms. Block was not charged, but her husband, Claude Marks, served four 
years in prison.

The book is about their experience living underground, the political 
background for their decision and the process of their return to public life.

Part memoir and part polemic, it is written from a feminist 
perspective and includes an exploration of living clandestinely as a 
mother of two children.

She now does grants management and works with the California 
Coalition for Women Prisoners, and Mr. Marks directs a media archive 
called the Freedom Archives.

Their son, a graduate of Cornell University, is a youth educator 
through the University of California at Berkeley, and their daughter 
attends San Jose State University.

For more information on Ms. Block's appearance, call 412-654-9070.

First published on May 5, 2011 at 12:47 am

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