Labor Rights are Human Rights: ALBA to Honor Activist Organizers at May Event

February 27, 2018
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Labor Rights are Human Rights: ALBA to Honor Activist Organizers at May Event

This year’s recipient of the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Award is the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker-based labor and human rights organization founded in Florida in 1993.
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A New Home for ALBA in New York, and a Homecoming—of Sorts

February 27, 2018
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A New Home for ALBA in New York, and a Homecoming—of Sorts

ALBA has moved offices from one historical location to another one. Our new home is steeped in history and ripe with promise.
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Letter from ALBA: The Case for Activist Alliances

February 27, 2018
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Letter from ALBA: The Case for Activist Alliances

This past January, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the Second Women’s March. Their protest underscored that fighting misogyny, xenophobia, and exploitation requires broad alliances. As this issue of the Volunteer illustrates, the Women’s March follows a tradition of activist protest that...
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Human Rights Column: From Spain to Delano: The Radical Roots of Farm Workers Unions

February 27, 2018
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<i>Human Rights Column:</i> From Spain to Delano: The Radical Roots of Farm Workers Unions

We can’t talk about defending the human and labor rights of farm workers without talking about their history of organizing unions—and the efforts by the government to suppress them. 
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Ferdinand in his 80s: Still No One Knows Why He Smells the Flowers

February 27, 2018
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Ferdinand in his 80s: Still No One Knows Why He Smells the Flowers

When it first came out, The Story of Ferdinand was not greeted as the simple story that Munro Leaf claimed to have written. With the Spanish Civil War raging,...
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ALBA Teaching Institutes: A Busy Spring Calendar

February 27, 2018
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ALBA Teaching Institutes: A Busy Spring Calendar

ALBA's teaching teams are looking ahead to a busy spring: We'll be working with teachers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.
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“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?” New Light on the 1935 Bremen Riot

February 27, 2018
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<i>“Who the hell worked out a plan like that?”</i> New Light on the 1935 <i> Bremen </i> Riot

When the Bremen, a German luxury ship proudly flying the Swastika, was ready to sail from its berth at Pier 46 in New York, two seamen who later volunteered to fight in Spain managed to fool the crew and rip down the Nazi flag. In the archives, Dan Czitrom came across a deserter’s testimony...
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From the Face of My Memory: American Women Journalists in the Spanish Civil War

February 27, 2018
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<i>From the Face of My Memory</i>: American Women Journalists in the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War, sparked the imagination and allegiance of a small group of pro-Republic American women journalists: Martha Gellhorn, Josephine Herbst, and Frances Davis. These women, displaced in war, are representative of a much larger displacement.
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Family Bonds: American Fathers and Sons in the Spanish Civil War

February 27, 2018
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Family Bonds: American Fathers and Sons in the Spanish Civil War

Three pairs of fathers and sons chose war over peace when they volunteered to be among the 2,800 Americans who served with the International Brigades in Spain. They came from varied pasts and with divergent motivations. One father followed his son to Spain while...
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Book Review: Spain’s Martyred Cities: From the Battle of Madrid to Picasso’s Guernica

February 27, 2018
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Book Review: <i> Spain’s Martyred Cities: From the Battle of Madrid to Picasso’s Guernica</i>

Minchom, Martin. Spain's Martyred Cities: From the Battle of Madrid to Picasso's Guernica: Including the Reconstructed Text of Louis Delaprée's The Martyrdom of Madrid. Sussex Academic Press,...
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Letter to the Editor

February 27, 2018
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Letter to the Editor

Editors’ Note: Due to a technical glitch, only a small part of Mr. Murtha’s letter was printed in the December 2017 issue. We apologize for the oversight and print...
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Brunete the Good and the Bad – By Leo Rosenberg

February 10, 2018
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Brunete the Good and the Bad – By Leo Rosenberg

This article was first published in The Volunteer, v. XI, n. 2, December 1989 and is a continuation of Rosenberg‘s The First Day. cb It was the second day...
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Saga of an Ambulance – By John Tisa

January 24, 2018
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Saga of an Ambulance – By John Tisa

John Tisa, The Volunteer. Volume 4, Number 2, 1982. Dr. Pike and I drove together to Madrid in the early morning of 18 May 1937 – he for medical...
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Prisoners in Franco’s Prisons – By John C. Blair

February 5, 2018
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Prisoners in Franco’s Prisons – By John C. Blair

By John C. Blair, The Volunteer, Volume 6, Number 3, October 1984 (Our comrade John Blair, died in 1982. This account of prison life, forwarded to us by his...
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The Vernon Snow Center

January 13, 2018
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The Vernon Snow Center

Vernon Snow was killed in action at Fuentes de Ebro during a Nationalist air raid on October 18, 1937.  Snow was serving in the Lincoln-Washington Transmissions section when he...
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