Emily grew up in LA and happily packed up her stuff to attend UC Berkeley where she became active in the peace and civil rights movement. After graduating in 1967, she moved to Chicago and began working for a Quaker social-action organization, providing draft counseling to young men seeking conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War. Her apartment became a work space for a Hispanic welfare rights group.
One May night in 1969, she co-led a group that hauled thousands of records of draft-eligible men from the draft board office on the South Side of Chicago and burned them, as an act of non-violent civil disobedience against the Vietnam War and racism.
Towards the end of her federal trial in 1970, she went underground for nineteen years, which ended with her voluntary surrender in 1989.
As surreal as it seems during her fugitive years and later, she became a noted insurance specialist for technology, computer security and privacy risks. She held jobs as an underwriting manager and practice leader for two international brokers in the US and London. She was interviewed on CNN Evening News and NPR, as well as being quoted and published in numerous trade magazines. She still maintains her spirit of resistance as a gay woman. Post-retirement, she is working on a book describing her gardening journey, growing organic veg, restoring habitat, and admiring the beauty of the natural world.
Failure to Appear: A Gay Fugitive’s Story is a memoir about a gay woman of conscience who became a fugitive, on the run for over nineteen years using several fake names. This book is a gripping story about finding your real self and your sexual truth. It delves into family rejection for being a lesbian, the price of ideals, lost love, the agony of an underground existence, and personal renewal. The final, suspenseful chapters describe the author’s voluntary surrender and re-sentencing.
It takes place in the turbulent late sixties through the late eighties, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Nixon and Reagan years, the women’s and gay liberation movements, and the AIDS crisis. This story is very relevant to our time, as injustice and bigotry remain fundamental societal ills. As one reader described it, “I couldn’t put it down. It has it all: coming of age, coming out, sex scenes, close calls, and gripping life choices. I sunk deeper under my comforter and deeper into an amazing true story.”
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