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Title: ARM THE SPIRIT Radical Feminist Memoir
START DATE: 9/20/2009
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Bookworks
Location Details:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Event Topic: Memoir, Q&A
Event Type: Book reading
Contact Name: Diana Block
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 505-344-8139
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Reading, discussion and signing of new radical feminist memoir **Arm the Spirit - A Woman's Journey Underground and Back** by Diana Block. The book tells the story of author's life underground in the eighties and nineties as part of a group supporting the Puerto Rican and Black liberation movements. Told from a feminist perspective with a particular emphasis on the authorís experiences as a mother of two children, it speaks to a diverse audience, delving into aspects of left history that have not previously been told.

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

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