The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes how government harassment led a 54 year old psychiatrist, single mother and social activist, to close my 25 year Seattle practice to begin a new life in New Zealand. It begins by describing the fifteen years of covert harassment I experienced when I used my financial and social position, as a doctor, to assist two former Black Panthers who were occupying an abandoned school to transform it into an African American Museum. What began as unrelenting phone harassment and illegal break-ins, progressed to six attempts on my life and an affair with an undercover agent who railroaded me into a psychiatric hospital.
My main motivation for writing the book was the murder of a postal worker and union activist I worked with named Oscar Manassa. As I recount in my book, Manassa also experienced extensive covert harassment prior to his brutal murder. His death was a personal epiphany – as I recognized that Americans who challenge powerful government or corporate interests are denied the protection of the US criminal justice system. The Seattle police were blocked from undertaking a homicide investigation when the US Postal Inspectors (who are actually an intelligence arm of the federal government) seized Manassa’s evidence file.
The Most Revolutionary Act won a 2011 Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice award.
The intended audience for this book is activists of all political stripes and persuasion.
The Most Revolutionary Act
Memoir of an American Refugee
Publication date: 26/08/2011
54 year old psychiatrist flees FBI harassment by moving to New Zealand
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