Pete Seeger: Veteran of the Good Fight (1919-2014)

March 21, 2014
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Pete Seeger: Veteran of the Good Fight (1919-2014)

Pete Seeger, the most important progressive musician of his generation, and the most revered, died of natural causes on January 28. He was 94. He was a faithful friend of VALB and ALBA for sixty years. His legendary Songs of the Lincoln Battalion came out in 1944. “As long as I live,” he said...
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Equal Justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson wins 2014 ALBA/Puffin Award

March 21, 2014
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Equal Justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson wins 2014 ALBA/Puffin Award

Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will accept the fourth ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism award at ALBA’s annual event in New York on April 27.
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ALBA reunion on April 27 honors Pete Seeger, Bryan Stevenson: Tickets available

March 21, 2014
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ALBA reunion on April 27 honors Pete Seeger, Bryan Stevenson: Tickets available

ALBA's 78th reunion on Sunday, April 27 honors the memory of Pete Seeger and features Bryan Stevenson, winner of the 2014 ALBA/Puffin Award. Tickets | Video | Press Kit
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The Lincoln Brigade and racial justice: A tradition

March 21, 2014
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The Lincoln Brigade and racial justice: A tradition

Racial equality and civil rights live at the core of the Lincoln Brigade. About 90 African Americans volunteered to serve in the ranks—as soldiers, drivers, mechanics, nurses, doctors, journalists,...
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Impugning Impugnity: ALBA hosts Human Rights films

March 21, 2014
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Impugning Impugnity: ALBA hosts Human Rights films

From bone-dry Afghan mountains to fertile Salvadorian highlands, from the hell of Guantánamo prison to Texas deserts, from paradisiacal Pacific islands to battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, ALBA’s...
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Letter from ALBA: Renewing our commitments

March 21, 2014
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Letter from ALBA: Renewing our commitments

It’s because of each of you, our community, that we are able to succeed in our mission to promote social activism and defend human rights as the legacy of...
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The wars of Bill Aalto: Guerrilla soldier in Spain, 1937-39

March 21, 2014
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The wars of Bill Aalto: Guerrilla soldier in Spain, 1937-39

Bill Aalto’s brief, intense life (1915-1958) spanned the turbulent mid-20th century. He was an intelligent, street-wise Finnish-American boy from New York who in Spain became a Republican guerrilla fighter and a poet. After Spain, he found himself burned, betrayed, and persecuted. Aalto’s is one of five lives featured in Helen Graham’s new book.
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Human Rights Column: Prospects and possibilities for HR education in the US

March 21, 2014
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<em>Human Rights Column</em>: Prospects and possibilities for HR education in the US

Human Rights Education has been around for some thirty years. How can we give students a deeper understanding of human rights and the skills they need to pursue positive social change? Thoughts from a veteran in the field. Human Rights Education has been around for...
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Teaching the ALBA curriculum: The Spanish Civil War in AP European history

March 21, 2014
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Teaching the ALBA curriculum: The Spanish Civil War in AP European history

Tracy Blake teaches Social Studies at Olmsted Falls High School in northeastern Ohio. Born and raised in Oregon, he has been in the classroom for more than 20 years. He has participated in two ALBA teacher institutes and is one of the co-authors of...
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Spanish Civil War musical screened in New York

March 21, 2014
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Spanish Civil War musical screened in New York

Goodbye Barcelona. A musical written by Judith Johnson & K.S. Lewkowicz and directed by Karen Rabinowitz. 2011.
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Del Berg turns 98: Response overwhelming

March 21, 2014
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Del Berg turns 98: Response overwhelming

One of the two last reported living veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Delmer Berg, turned 98 on December 20. We invited you to send your birthday greetings were...
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

March 21, 2014
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

On April 24, 1937 Captain Mirko Markovic traveled to Madrigueras, site of one of the training bases of the International Brigades, to initiate the formation of a second American...
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

March 10, 2014
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

On February 1, 2014 I had the honor of bringing fraternal greetings from ALBA to the International Brigades Commemoration Committee, where an overflow crowd met to honor these men...
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Pau Casals: An artist who told the world the truth

March 5, 2014
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Pau Casals: An artist who told the world the truth

The visitor enters a small passageway leading to the 17 room Pablo Casals Museum in Vendrell, Spain, at once immersed in cello music and a voiceover narration from the...
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Visualizing the war in Spain

March 21, 2014
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Visualizing the war in Spain

Her reputation as a ground-breaking war photographer long overshadowed by that of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro is the focus of a new book* that powerfully asserts the importance of...
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Book Review : Franco’s toxic legacy

March 21, 2014
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<em>Book Review </em>: Franco’s toxic legacy

Shoot the Messenger? Spanish Democracy and the Crimes of Francoism: From the Pact of Silence to the Trial of Baltasar Garzón. By Francisco Espinosa Maestre. Translated by Richard Barker....
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Book Review : A Canadian’s revealing memoir

March 21, 2014
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<em>Book Review </em>: A Canadian’s revealing memoir

Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in the Spanish Civil War. By Ronald Liversedge. Edited by David Yorke. (Vancouver: New Star Books, 2013).
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Book Review : Orwell and the Brits in Spain

March 21, 2014
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<em>Book Review </em>: Orwell and the Brits in Spain

I Am Spain: The Spanish Civil War and the Men and Women Who Went to Fight Fascism. By David Boyd Haycock. (Brecon: Old Street Publishing Ltd, 2012).
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Book Review:Henry Buckley: The inside story

March 22, 2014
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<em>Book Review:</em>Henry Buckley: The inside story

The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic: A Witness to the Spanish Civil War. By Henry Buckley (London: Tauris, 2013).
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Assurances on Madrid Memorial

March 21, 2014
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Assurances on Madrid Memorial

We’ve been assured by our friends in Madrid that the International Brigade memorial in the capital’s University City is not in danger. As reported in our last issue, the...
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“And when I get another ship…”

March 21, 2014
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“And when I get another ship…”

The unsung story of the British ships and seafarers who defied fascist bombs and u-boats – along with British government indifference – to trade with Republican Spain.
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Remembering Margaret Powell

March 22, 2014
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Remembering Margaret Powell

Lily Margaret Powell was born in March 1913, one of nine children, at Cwm Farm, Llangenny, where her father farmed a small Welsh hill farm. She attended the village...
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Ebro memorial unveiled

March 21, 2014
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Ebro memorial unveiled

A plaque to the British Battalion’s last stand in southern Catalonia in September 1938 was unveiled on 24 September 2013 by family members of those who took part in...
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Taking sides: Artists and writers on the Spanish Civil War

March 11, 2014
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Taking sides: Artists and writers on the Spanish Civil War

Marshall Mateer has produced a video report (running for just under 10 minutes) of the IBMT’s conference, Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War, which was...
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