ALBA Teaching Institutes More Relevant Than Ever

November 19, 2017
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ALBA Teaching Institutes More Relevant Than Ever

For the past ten years, ALBA has been conducting professional development workshops for high school educators all over the country, and to date we have reached over 1,200 teachers in more than nine states.
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I’ll Be There: Film Festival Shows Legacy of the Lincolns

November 19, 2017
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<i>I’ll Be There: </i>Film Festival Shows Legacy of the Lincolns

ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival shines a light on human rights abuses—and on those who try to stop them—wherever they may happen. The geography covered by this year’s Impugning Impunity is vast.
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Letter from ALBA: The Legacy Will Endure

November 19, 2017
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Letter from ALBA: The Legacy Will Endure

We have all been following the conflict over the status of Catalonia within the Spanish state. This issue of The Volunteer features an insightful interview on the topic with journalist Emilio Silva. The conflict over Catalonia has not only mobilized a sector of the...
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Watt Prizes Recognize Outstanding Student Writing

November 19, 2017
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Watt Prizes Recognize Outstanding Student Writing

The 2017 George Watt Essay Prize for the best writing on the Spanish Civil War received a record number of submissions. Students from Canada, Egypt, and 18 U.S. states...
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Faces of ALBA: Dayana Arrue

November 19, 2017
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Faces of ALBA: Dayana Arrue

Dayana Arrue is a Geoscience Engineering major at Rutgers University and an intern at an engineering firm. An activist for environmental and migration-related causes, she hopes to remediate groundwater...
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Bob Smillie and the Memory of the P.O.U.M.

November 19, 2017
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Bob Smillie and the Memory of the P.O.U.M.

The fate of the POUM, among the most controversial episodes of the Spanish Civil War, is shrouded in taboo. Founded by Andreu Nin and Joaquín Maurín, the Partido Obrero...
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Understanding the Catalan Crisis: Emilio Silva on Winners and Losers

November 19, 2017
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Understanding the Catalan Crisis: Emilio Silva on Winners and Losers

The escalating conflict between Spain and Catalonia led to the country’s deepest constitutional crisis since the transition to democracy. Journalist Emilio Silva reflects on the short- and long-term impact. “For someone on the left, the confusion in terms of priorities and alliances is hard to understand.”
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

November 19, 2017
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

Last August, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ohio Humanities issued a powerful letter condemning white supremacists who attacked antifascist protestors. We speak with Executive Director Pat Williamsen about the need for public humanists to take a stand. “America has forgotten itself.”
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Human Rights Column: Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans

November 19, 2017
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<i>Human Rights Column:</i> Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans

The plight of the non-citizen veterans of US military service who have been deported stands as a small but telling example of how our country falls far short of living up to its promises.
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Rescue What We Can: Julio Llamazares and the Fight against Oblivion

November 19, 2017
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Rescue What We Can: Julio Llamazares and the Fight against Oblivion

Julio Llamazares was born in 1955 in Vegamián, a small town in the province of León, in the north of Spain, where his father worked as a teacher. In...
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Wolf Moon: A Novel about the Anti-Francoist Guerrilla

November 19, 2017
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<i>Wolf Moon:</i> A Novel about the Anti-Francoist Guerrilla

In the autumn of 1937, after the Republican front had collapsed in Asturias and with any possibility of retreat being prevented by the sea, hundreds of fugitives took refuge...
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Saving Spanish Lives on the Volga, Summer 1942

November 11, 2017
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Saving Spanish Lives on the Volga, Summer 1942

Alejandra Soler Gilabert, who died in Valencia, Spain last March, was one of the Spanish teachers who worked with the nearly 3,000 children who were evacuated to the Soviet...
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Book Review: Uncertain Glory: What Drives Men to War?

November 19, 2017
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Book Review: <i>Uncertain Glory</i>: What Drives Men to War?

Joan Sales, Uncertain Glory. Foreword by Juan Goytisolo. Translated by Peter Bush. New York: New York Review Books. 2014. 457 pages.


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Poetry Feature: Anonymous

November 19, 2017
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Anonymous

Anonymous The old Communist behind the bar is decanting rot-gut red into green bottles, pours me a taste. He’d fought in Spain with the Lincoln Brigade and in the...
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Wayne State Hosts ALBA/Susman Lecture

November 19, 2017
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Wayne State Hosts ALBA/Susman Lecture

Dr. Mark Bray, controversial author of The Antifa Handbook, delivered the Bill Susman lecture to a lively crowd of 100 at Wayne State University on October 17. His appearance...
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Letter to the Editor

November 19, 2017
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Letter to the Editor

To the Volunteer: Reading “Forgotten Fighters: American Anarchist Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War,” I noted that at least one prominent American who volunteered for service in the Anarchist...
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Reuben Barr: A Fighting Mensch –By Rob Waters

November 2, 2017
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Reuben Barr: A Fighting Mensch –By Rob Waters

Rob Waters kindly allowed The Volunteer blog to reprint his interview with Reuben Barr, originally published in The Tenderloin Times, June 1984, v. 8, no. 5, pp. 4 and...
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The Hofmann Twins

September 27, 2017
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The Hofmann Twins

                  Shortly after the publication of the blog post Seven American Volunteers Refused Permission to Land in France, Paul Hofmann the...
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