SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 5:30pm
at the Center for Gender Advocacy
1500 de Maisonneuve West, #404
Join us as we launch the 2017 Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar alongside Clandestine Occupations: An Imaginary History, a novel by Diana Block. Diana spent thirteen years living underground with a political collective committed to supporting the Puerto Rican independence and Black liberation movements, during which time she had two children, worked in the AIDS movement, and published poetry under a pseudonym – she will be present at this event, speaking about life underground, the ongoing reality of political prisoners in the United States, and reading from her book.
This event is FREE; the Certain Days calendar, copies of Clandestine Occupations, and various books from Kersplebedeb Publications will be sold.
* There will be snacks, coffee, and juice
* Space is wheelchair accessible
* Childcare available on site
* Traduction chuchoté disponible de l’anglais vers le français
Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2017
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Toronto, and New York, in partnership with three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. The initial project was suggested by Herman in 2001, and has been shaped throughout the years by all of our ideas, discussions, and analysis. All of the current members of the outside collective are grounded in day- to-day organizing work other than the calendar, on issues ranging from migrant justice to community media to prisoner solidarity. We work from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer- and trans- liberationist position.
Clandestine Occupations: An Imaginary History
When San Francisco activist Luba Gold goes underground in 1984 to support the Puerto Rican Independence movement, a far-flung network of women is confronted with the risks of prison, the terrible costs of betrayal, and the exhilarating possibilities of love through struggle.
Based on lived experience, Diana Block’s bold new novel spans two generations of radical women, their lovers, children and friends. This is revolutionary feminism in epic form, from the passions of Solidarity to the awakenings of Occupy and even beyond — to a beautifully imagined insurgency of the Future.
“A story of female and intergenerational solidarity bringing us voices we cannot ignore. Read this book!” – Silvia Federici
Diana Block was a founding member of San Francisco Women Against Rape and the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in the 1970’s. She spent thirteen years living underground with a political collective committed to supporting the Puerto Rican independence and Black liberation movements. While underground, she had two children, worked in the AIDS movement, and published poetry under a pseudonym. Since returning voluntarily from clandestinity in 1994, Diana has committed herself to anti-prison work, becoming a founding member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (www.womenprisoners.org) and the Jericho Movement for Political prisoners. Besides her novel Clandestine Occupations, she is also the author of the book memoir Arm the Spirit-A Woman’s Journey Underground and Back, which will also be available at this event.
Organized by the Certain Days Calendar Collective, Kersplebedeb, with support from QPIRG-Concordia and the Center for Gender Advocacy.