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The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: June 2010
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June 2010
In this issue:
June 2010 Issue of the Volunteer is Now Online
The Good Fight (Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills, 1984) / With the Lincoln Brigade (Henri Cartier Bresson, 1937), July 25 at Delancey Street Theater-Buy Tickets Now!

Photographs from Randall Collection and the Moscow IB Archive Now Digitized at Tamiment
ALBA Summer Teachers Institute in June and July
ALBA Volunteer Biographical Database (www.alba-valb.org)
FFALB Trip to Spain!
Buy Books and Support ALBA!

Dear ALBA community,

We have exciting news and announcements to share with you this month.

In addition to June’s e-newsletter, you can now link to the June 2010 issue of our quarterly magazine,
the ALBA
Online Volunteer , with newly published articles and daily updates on anything related to the Spanish Civil War, the Lincoln Brigade, or progressive struggles that honor the legacy of the brigadistas.

Just click on the headlines to the left to go directly to newsletter items.

Also visit the ALBA Blog or join ALBA’s listserv for queries and scholarly debates.

As always, thanks! We can’t do this without your generous support.

Salud,

Jeanne Houck, Executive Director

jhouck@alba-valb.org.

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June 2010 Issue of the Volunteer is Now Online
The June 2010 issue of the Volunteer is now online at www.albavolunteer.org.
(Note that the June 2010 issue will appear online only. The September
2010 issue will appear in print as well as online . The September print version will include the next list of current ALBA supporters)

In this issue:

Reports on the New York and San Francisco reunion events, including video
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/bay-area-pays-tribute-to-judge-garzon/
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/05/amy-goodman-pays-tribute-to-lincoln-vets-at-74th-new-york-reunion/

The Osheroff Human Rights Award
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/university-honors-vet-osheroff/

The death of Oliver Law
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/anatomy-of-a-lie-the-death-of-oliver-law/

Book Review: The Spanish Right and the Jews
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/book-review-the-spanish-right-and-the-jews/

John Murra’s War
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/john-murras-war-in-spain-france/

Esther “Hon” Brown Obit
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/04/esther-%e2%80%9chon%e2%80%9d-brown-1917-2010/

Voluntarios argentinos en la XV Brigada
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/voluntarios-argentinos-en-la-brigada-xv-abraham-lincoln/

Two Poems by Jack Hirschman
http://www.albavolunteer.org/2010/06/poems-by-jack-hirschman/

Don’t forget to check out the ALBA Blog, with news on the Garzón case, exhibits, new books, & more.
http://www.albavolunteer.org/category/blog

(Note that the June 2010 issue will appear online only. The September
2010 issue will appear in print as well as online.)

The Good Fight (Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills, 1984) / With the Lincoln Brigade (Henri Cartier Bresson, 1937), July 25 at Delancey Street Theater-Buy Tickets Now!

Jaques Lemare, Henri-Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline (Tamiment  Library, NYU, 15th IB Collection, Photo 11 0818)
Jaques Lemare, Henri-Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline (Tamiment Library, NYU, 15th IB Collection, Photo 11 0818)

Screening: Sunday July 25, 2010, 2:00pm
The Delancey Street Screening Room

(600 Embarcadero, San Francisco)

Buy Tickets Now!
Tickets $10 (seniors/students $8). Tickets sold at the door and through ALBA’s On-line Ticket Purchase.

The classic 90-minute documentary on the Lincoln Brigade that first premiered at the Surf Theater in San Francisco in 1984 and contains moving interviews with beloved local heroes Bill Bailey (ILWU, NMU), Ruth Davidow, Evelyn Hutchins, Abe Osheroff, and Milt Wolff. Paired with the recently recovered 18-minute Spanish Civil War documentary by famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, featuring Lincoln Brigaders in the trenches and behind the scenes in Spain. Seen together, the two films are an intimate portrait of young labor activists and progressives—both in the midst of battle and as they reflect on their past—as well as some of the most significant events of the 1930s.

Sponsored by The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and Laborfest

Tickets $10 (seniors/students $8). Tickets sold at the door and through ALBA’s On-line Ticket Purchase.

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Photographs from Randall Collection and the Moscow IB Archive Now Digitized at Tamiment
Harry Randall 15th IB Photo Collection, MacKenzie-Papineau  Battalion, Teruel, Jan 1938
Harry Randall 15th IB Photo Collection, MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, Teruel, Jan 1938


Two important collections of photographic images, the Harry Randall 15th IB Photograph Collection (ALBA Photo 11) and the International Brigades Archive Photograph Collection (ALBA Photo 177) have now been fully digitized and will be available as part of on-line guides on the Tamiment Library web site.

The Moscow archive contains administrative records of the IB that were shipped to the USSR from Spain in 1938 to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Franco forces. In the 1990’s, after extensive negotiations with the International Brigades Archive in Moscow on behalf of ALBA, current Board of Governor Chair Emeritus Peter Carroll embarked on a major ALBA fundraising effort to bring copies of selected material from this archive to the U.S.

As a result of ALBA’s negotiations and fundraising efforts, New York University’s Tamiment Library now houses a large number of microfilmed records and copies of photographs relating to the role of North American and other volunteers in Spain. A complete guide to the IB Archive is available on the Tamiment Library web site; as indicated in the guide, NYU holds copies of records of U.S., British, Cuban and Italian volunteers, as well as a selection of general IB records and copies of selected photos from the Moscow collection. A closely related photograph collection was donated to the ALBA archive by Harry Randall, who headed the 15th IB Photo Unit in Spain.

The digitization of more than 4,000 images was funded in part by a grant from Rickard and Carol-Jeanette Jorgensen in honor of Harry and Doreen Randall. The goal of this generous donation is to make the valuable ALBA Photographic collections accessible to international scholars via the World Wide Web. The Tamiment Library’s digitization project has been overseen by Michael Nash and Gail Malmgreen.


ALBA Summer Teachers Institute in June and July
After holding successful week-long institutes for high-school teachers in New York City and Tampa, Florida, last year, ALBA is proud to announce its first institute in the Midwest, entitled “Ohio and the Spanish Civil War” (June 13-18). The Institute is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, Oberlin College, and the Puffin Foundation. Professor Sebastiaan Faber (ALBA Board Chair) is its director.

With support from the Puffin Foundation and the School District of Hillsborough County, the 2010 Tampa Teachers Institute will be hosted again this year at the University of South Florida under the direction of ALBA board member Professor Fraser Ottanelli (July 19-23). The New York City Summer Institute will be on hiatus in 2010 as we prepare for our fall NYC development day for teachers. This past April, the Tampa Insititute launched its first teacher development day.

ALBA Volunteer Biographical Database (www.alba-valb.org)
Please Contribute to the ALBA Volunteer biographical database (www.alba-valb.org).

Many of the volunteers still need more information and we are counting on you to help us fill in the gaps.

Over the next few months, we will be rounding out the records and adding more information as it becomes available. Many of you have been responding to board member Nancy Wallach’s phone call or mailing asking for information on individual volunteers. We will be working through the summer to update entries on the on-line database. Thank you!

View the database here.

FFALB Trip to Spain!
SPAIN 1936 to 1939 ~

The memories and the places of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade…..
Thursday October 28th to Thursday November 11th 2010

Following on the successful tour in October 2008 of the Ebro and Belchite conducted for members of FFALB (Friends and Family of the ALB) which included the Homenage in Barcelona and Sitges to the Leaving of the International Brigades, this trip will be an intensive but fascinating journey to places where the Abraham Lincoln Brigade were present in areas rarely visited by tourists. The tour is being organized and conducted by publisher and historian Alan Warren. He can be contacted at: Alan Warren,Carrer Sant Roc 50, 1,5, 08901, Hospitalet de Llobregat,, Barcelona. SPAIN, e mail hill705@gmail.com
www.hill705.wordpress.com
www.pdlhistoria.wordpress.com


Buy Books and Support ALBA!
Did you know that 7% of your total purchase at Powell’s is donated back to ALBA?
Buy books from Powell’s and visit ALBA’s bookstore, too.

Many of our programs are free to the public. Please consider an on-line donation to ALBA to support free or low cost events. Thank you to ALL who have been supporting ALBA with their generous donations.

ALBA relies on friends like you. Donate now!

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Spain’s New Civil War ( Scott Horton in Harper’s Magazine)
May 17, 2010, 5:45 pm
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By Scott Horton

Spain’s judicial oversight body suspended Judge Baltasar Garzón as he prepares to stand trial on charges of disregarding the amnesty law shielding crimes of the Franco era from investigation. The Los Angeles Times offers a perfectly balanced assessment of the situation:

For years, conservatives in Spain bristled as their most famous magistrate, Baltasar Garzon, pushed the boundaries of international law against former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet and human rights abusers in other countries, but they were powerless to stop him. When Spain’s star judge turned his sights on Spanish Civil War atrocities, however, they joined forces with his many personal enemies and went after him, accusing him of opening old wounds and violating the country’s 1977 amnesty law. Last week, a Supreme Court judge decided to bring the case to trial, and the General Council of the Judiciary voted in an emergency session to suspend Garzon.

From the beginning, the case against Garzon has seemed to be motivated by political and personal vendettas, and the timing of these decisions is no exception. Early in the week, Garzon had asked Spanish authorities for a seven-month leave to work as a consultant to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, presumably as a face-saving measure to avoid the humiliation of a suspension. But on Wednesday, an investigating magistrate for the Supreme Court (and one of Garzon’s detractors) suddenly ordered Garzon to face trial for proceeding without jurisdiction on the Spanish Civil War cases, and the suspension followed on Friday. Such haste in a case that had been moving normally through the system since February has the whiff of malice; the decision was made even though the Spanish attorney general’s office still had questions about the case.

They conclude:

The vehemence with which Garzon’s inquiry was rejected is not surprising given the bloody history of the period, yet the legal action against Garzon is; it’s one thing for his superiors to disagree with his judgment in bringing the case or to determine that he is overreaching, but it is quite another to charge him with breaking the law for doing so. Whatever happens in the case against Garzon, it seems that Spain is going to have to probe that past and provide the families with answers. The political divisions that marked that dark chapter of Spanish history still seem to be in play.

The ironies of this case are enormous. Garzón is accused of disregarding his duties as a judge by investigating matters that for purely political reasons cannot be investigated. A judicial oversight body moves against him, showing at every turn a disdain for proper procedure and a desire to manipulate the process for political purposes. In the end, it is not Garzón but rather the judicial oversight body that emerges with its reputation in a tatters. Moreover, the entire affair serves to put the spotlight just where it belongs. The assumption that the horrors of Spain’s fascist past must remain forever covered up serves the interest of some political figures with a compromised past. But it is radically false and a grave contravention of the most fundamental precepts of justice. The truth must ultimately be known, and Garzón deserves credit for pressing the issue.



Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
April 30, 2010, 3:33 am
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Discussion of the newly discovered Henri Cartier-Bresson Film on the Brigade, and the 74th ALBA Reunion honoring Amy Goodman this weekend!
Scholar and Filmmaker Juan Salas and ALBA ED on Leonard Lopate today! 12:40 pm ET today (4/30) on WNYC 93.9FM
Leonard Lopate Show: Scholar Juan Salas and ALBA ED Jeanne Houck will be talking about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the newley discovered Cartier Bresson Film and the Reunion on the Leonard Lopate show at 12:40 pm ET today (4/30) on WNYC 93.9FM and 820AM, or streaming at WNYC.org. Please listen – and remember that ALBA’s 74th Volunteers for Liberty Reunion is this Sunday at Museo del Barrio. Come to our facebook event page. ALBA 74th Re union of the Volunteers of Liberty (1936-2010)
Brigadistas & Activists: A Legacy Without Borders
For details visit www.alba-valb.org
Ticket Price: $40. Tickets at the door and for online ticket purchases click here.

With Amy Goodman, recipient of the ALBA Activist Award. Includes Reception and Book signing for Breaking the Sound Barrier!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010, 4:30pm
Program, 6:00pm Reception and book signing with Amy Goodman

Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
(at 104th Street and 5th Avenue)
New York, N.Y. 10029

Ticket Price: $40. For online ticket purchases go to http://www.alba-valb.org or click here.
You can also email Jhouck@alba-valb.org or call the ALBA office (212 674-5398). Tickets will be held at the door at the day of the event.

This year’s reunion celebrates the Lincoln Brigade’s legacy of internationalist activism, featuring:

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman’s news coverage as an award winning journalist, nationally syndicated columnist, author,and host of Democracy Now! embodies the Lincolns’ internationalism and resourceful activism.

Matti Mattson, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Volunteer

A front-line ambulance driver in Spain and indefatigable champion of the good fight, Matti was awarded honorary Spanish citizenship in August of last year.

Archives Without Borders: How the Search for One Soldier’s Identity Changed the Lincolns’ Story As We Know It

Who is the young black soldier in doughboy gear whose portrait the Spanish government hoped to give to Barack Obama? James Fernández and Sebastiaan Faber take us on an archival adventure.

Bruce Barthol and Friends
Dred Scott, Lisa Asher, Jamie Fox, Andy Teirson

Songs of the Spanish Civil War

A songwriter, musician (Country Joe and the Fish, San Francisco Mime Troupe) and long time associate of the Bay Area Post, Bruce returns with Dred Scott, Liberty Ellman and Andy Tierstien to play songs of and about the Spanish Civil War.

With projections by Richard Bermack.

*** Reception & Amy Goodman book signing to follow ***


Read The Volunteer, founded by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade:

http://www.albavolunteer.org/
For online ticket purchases click here.



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18,000 students in New Jersey walkout after Budget Cuts
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It was a silent call to arms: an easy-to-overlook message urging New Jersey students to take a stand against the budget cuts that threaten class sizes and choices as well as after-school activities. But some 18,000 students accepted the invitation posted last month on Facebook, the social media site better known for publicizing parties and sporting events. And on Tuesday many of them — and many others — walked out of class in one of the largest grass-roots demonstrations to hit New Jersey in years.

18,000 students in New Jersey walkout after Budget Cuts

April 28, 2010



From The New York Times:

It was a silent call to arms: an easy-to-overlook message urging New Jersey students to take a stand against the budget cuts that threaten class sizes and choices as well as after-school activities. But some 18,000 students accepted the invitation posted last month on Facebook, the social media site better known for publicizing parties and sporting events. And on Tuesday many of them — and many others — walked out of class in one of the largest grass-roots demonstrations to hit New Jersey in years.

Michelle Ryan Lauto, 18, a college freshman, joined students who walked out of High Tech High School in Bergen County. It was Ms. Lauto’s Facebook message urging students to take a stand against budget cuts that led to the protests around the state. “All I did was make a Facebook page,” she said. “Anyone who has an opinion could do that and have their opinion heard.”

The largest turnout was in Newark, where thousands of students from various high schools converged on City Hall.

The protest disrupted classroom routines and standardized testing in some of the state’s biggest and best-known school districts, offering a real-life civics lesson that unfolded on lawns, sidewalks, parking lots and football fields.

The mass walkouts were inspired by Michelle Ryan Lauto, an 18-year-old aspiring actress and a college freshman, and came a week after voters rejected 58 percent of school district budgets put to a vote across the state (not all districts have a direct budget vote).

“All I did was make a Facebook page,” said Ms. Lauto, who graduated last year from Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, N.J. “Anyone who has an opinion could do that and have their opinion heard. I would love to see kids in high school step up and start their own protests and change things in their own way.”

At Columbia High School in Maplewood, that looked like 200 students marching around the building waving signs reading “We are the future” and “We love our teachers.”

In West Orange, a district that is considering laying off 84 employees, reducing busing, cutting back on music and art, and dropping sports teams, it was high school students rallying in the football stands.

At Montclair High School, it meant nearly half of the 1,900 students gathered outside the school in the morning, with some chanting, “No more budget cuts.”

In the largest showing, thousands of high school students in Newark marched past honking cars stuck in midday traffic to fill the steps of City Hall under the watchful gaze of dozens of police officers.

With their protests, the students sought to send a message to Gov. Christopher J. Christie, a Republican whose reductions in state aid to education had led many districts to cut staff and programs and to ask for larger-than-usual property tax increases. Mr. Christie, who has taken on the state’s largest teachers’ union in his efforts to close an $11 billion deficit, has proposed reducing direct aid to nearly 600 districts by an amount equal to up to 5 percent of each district’s operating budget.

“It feels like he is taking money from us, and we’re already poor,” said Johanna Pagan, 16, a sophomore at West Side High School in Newark, who feared her school would lose teachers and extracurricular programs because of the governor’s cuts. “The schools here have bad reputations, and we need aid and we need programs to develop.”

Michael Drewniak, the governor’s press secretary, released a statement on Tuesday saying that students belonged in the classroom. “It is also our firm hope that the students were motivated by youthful rebellion or spring fever,” Mr. Drewniak said, “and not by encouragement from any one-sided view of the current budget crisis in New Jersey.”

Bret D. Schundler, the education commissioner, also urged schools to enforce attendance policies and not let students walk out of class. State education officials said they had a call from one district that had moved students taking standardized tests to another part of the building because of potential noise.

Not every school had students walk out. Nancy Dries, a spokeswoman for the top-ranked Millburn district, which has used surplus money to avoid major cuts, said it was “business as usual” there.

But in many other places, students came to school ready to make a political statement. Emma Wolin, a junior at Columbia High, walked out of second-period Spanish with several classmates, even though the school had warned that they would face detention.

“It’s the activities and school spirit that make Columbia a great school, and I want to keep it that way,” she said.

Judy Levy, a spokeswoman for the South Orange and Maplewood district, said that teachers did mark protesting students absent, and that some students went back and forth between the walkout and their classes, while others chose not to participate because their classes were reviewing for Advanced Placement exams that begin on Monday.

Ms. Lauto, whose message inspired the walkouts, said in an interview that she was amazed and gratified that so many students had responded. She said the state education cuts had really hit home because her mother and sister both work in public schools in Hudson County.

Ms. Lauto, enrolled at Pace University, said she has always had an activist streak. In seventh grade, she tried — but failed — to organize a protest over a new dress code, and after President George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, she wrote “Going to Canada, Be Back in 4 Years” on a T-shirt and wore it to class.

But until now, Ms. Lauto said, she has used Facebook only to keep in touch with friends and let them know when she is performing in shows. She alerted those 600 Facebook friends to her message calling for a student walkout and asked them to pass it on.

Within a week, Ms. Lauto received hundreds of responses, not all of them positive. In fact, so many students insulted her and said the walkout was a stupid idea that she disabled the message function on her Facebook page. On Tuesday, Ms. Lauto joined students who walked out of High Tech High School in Bergen County. She said she was not planning any more protests, but hoped that students learned that their voices could be heard.

“I made this page with the best of intentions,” she said. “The fact that it has become so wildly successful — I’m so overwhelmed.”

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