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A Woman’s Journey Underground and Back
Diana Block’s memoir of hiding out from the FBI after involvement in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.


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In June 1985, Diana Block, her two-week-old son, and five companions fled Los Angeles after finding a surveillance device in their car. Facing the possibility of arrest because of her militant activities in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, 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 insights into efforts to build homegrown clandestine resistance to US imperialism. With emotional depth and a poetic style, the book brings a woman’s perspective to a subject typically dominated by heroic, male discourse. It also traces Diana’s political development on either side of her period underground, offering a history of the culture and politics of the 1960s and 1970s – especially the decisions that led many to take up arms against the US government – and an analysis of the political terrain of the 1990s, when she resurfaced and tried to reintegrate into a very different world.

Diana Block¬†has been an activist for forty years. She has written for political journals and women’s magazines, and currently edits¬†The Fire Inside, the newsletter of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 22.5 × 15 × 2.6 cm