Toward truth and reconciliation: Changing the narrative of US history

June 11, 2014
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Toward truth and reconciliation: Changing the narrative of US history

In a stirring and honest conversation with actor and activist Mike Farrell, ALBA/Puffin Award winner Bryan Stevenson addressed the United States’ continuing struggles with racial injustice, moving his New York audience to tears. (Podcast video, 55'.)
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Solidarity Forever: NY reunion carries the torch forward

June 11, 2014
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Solidarity Forever: NY reunion carries the torch forward

At ALBA’s moving event in New York, actor Mike Farrell, singer Josh White, Jr., and Amnesty International’s Steven Hawkins help honor Pete Seeger and Bryan Stevenson while celebrating the Lincoln volunteers’ commitment to social and racial justice. Video, 17'
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

June 12, 2014
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

Some ninety African-Americans joined the Lincoln Brigade in Spain. They came from urban inner cities in the north and the rural south; they were sharecroppers, labor organizers, mechanics, laborers, merchant seamen, and students. They all shared a commitment to justice and equality. I must...
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ALBA inspires Massachusetts teachers

June 12, 2014
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ALBA inspires Massachusetts teachers

ALBA hosted another successful teaching institute this spring, the first one in Massachusetts.
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NY students showcase SCW-inspired poster art

June 12, 2014
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NY students showcase SCW-inspired poster art

Stuyvesant High School marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War with presentations based on ALBA’s recent Teaching Institute.
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Letter from ALBA: Know history to change history

June 12, 2014
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Letter from ALBA: Know history to change history

Bryan Stevenson’s message was a simple one: This country and the world are deeply scarred by histories of injustice that need to be acknowledged--and taught.
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Human Rights Column: The hard lessons of the DNA exonerations

June 12, 2014
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> The hard lessons of the DNA exonerations

The era of DNA has changed the face of criminal justice forever. DNA tests have contributed to the exoneration of hundreds of innocent individuals —and exposed a deeply flawed system. Maddy deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, makes the case for science-based judicial reform.
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Betty Medsger: Exposing domestic surveillance, anno 1971

June 12, 2014
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Betty Medsger: Exposing domestic surveillance, anno 1971

Betty Medsger delivered the annual Susman Lecture, based on her recent book The Burglary: he Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI. Medsger's book features the never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971. (Video,...
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

June 12, 2014
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

John Hovan, one of the first veterans of the Lincoln Brigade to take advantage of the Spanish law granting citizenship to foreign volunteers of the International Brigades, died in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 27. He was 97.
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Faces of ALBA: Don Myers, production manager

June 12, 2014
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Faces of ALBA: Don Myers, production manager

Don Myers has long been the production manager for ALBA’s spring event. What do you do as a production manager? I oversee the technical and presentational aspects of the...
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Fight apathy! Young ALBA activist mobilizes peers

June 12, 2014
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Fight apathy! Young ALBA activist mobilizes peers

Andrew Plotch, ALBA-Puffin Foundation Youth Activist and a high school senior in New Jersey, is the creator and leader of the nationwide Fight Apathy Campaign.
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Book Review Spain’s violence: An English woman’s view

June 12, 2014
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<em>Book Review</em> Spain’s violence: An  English woman’s view

Málaga Burning: An American Woman's Eyewitness Account of the Spanish Civil War By Gamel Woolsey. Introduction by Zalin Grant. 204 pages. $22. (Reston, VA: Pythia Press, 1998.)
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Book Review Franco’s female political elite

June 12, 2014
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<em>Book Review</em> Franco’s female political elite

Señoritas in Blue. The Making of a Female Political Elite in Franco’s Spain. The National Leadership of the Sección Femenina de la Falange (1936-1977). By Inbal Ofer. (Brighton; Portland,...
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Book Review Culture and dictatorship

June 17, 2014
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<em>Book Review</em> Culture and dictatorship

Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory since 1936. By Jeremy Treglown. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.)
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Book Review Norman Bethune in Spain

June 12, 2014
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<em>Book Review</em> Norman Bethune in Spain

Norman Bethune in Spain: Commitment, Crisis and Conspiracy. By David Letherbridge. (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press: Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, 2013.)
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Garzón Foundation sponsors conference on Universal Jurisdiction

April 26, 2014
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Garzón Foundation sponsors conference on Universal Jurisdiction

This coming May 20-23, the Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón is sponsoring an international conference on the challenges facing the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, whose application was recently...
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Adam Hochschild on Spain’s court of memory

April 15, 2014
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Adam Hochschild on Spain’s court of memory

“In most countries, there is no statute of limitations for murder. Should there be one for torture?” Adam Hochschild asks in a New York Times op-ed today; In Spain, neither...
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