Lessons from the past to Teach the Present — Movement Memories

Arm the Spirit by Diana Block

Join us for events with Claude Marks and Diana Block, activists, archivist and herstorian from the SF Bay Area. They will share information on their life experiences within revolutionary movements. In June 1985, Diana and Claude, their 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 their militant activities, Diana and Claude spent the next decade living underground, on the run from the FBI, raising two children and juggling security, solidarity and motherhood. On Sunday Diana shared this fascinating story in a book-signing at Revolution Books.

On Wednesday, September 19, from 6:30-8:00pm at Honolulu Friends Meeting (Quaker Center) 2426 Oahu Ave., Manoa Valley, join them for a talk story “Keeping Movement Histories Alive.”

On Thursday, September 20, Film screenings of COINTELPRO 101, a film that exposes illegal surveillance, disruption and outright murder committed by the U.S. government on its citizens in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. COINTELPRO refers to the official FBI COunter INTELigence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison and eliminate leaders of social justice movements. With rare historical footage, the film provides an educational introduction to a period of intense repression of progressive social movements and draws relevant lessons for present and future movements. COINTELPRO 101 is intended for the new generation of movement leaders. The 56-minute film and has won numerous awards at film festivals throughout the U.S. Interviews in the video include: Muhammad Ahmad, Bob Boyle, Kathleen Cleaver, Ward Churchill, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Priscilla Falcon, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, Jose Lopez, Francisco ‘Kiko’ Martinez, Lucy Rodriguez, Ricardo Romero, Akinyele Umoja, and Laura Whitehorn.

Screening on Thursday, September 20, 4-6pm at U.H. Center for Hawaiian Studies Room 202 (discussion follows) and 7-9pm at The Arts at Marks Garage.

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