During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), almost forty thousand men and women from fifty-two countries, including 2,800 Americans volunteered to travel to Spain and join the International Brigades to help fight fascism. The U.S. volunteers served in various units and came to be known collectively as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Join us and learn about the diverse mosaic of stories that make up the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the legacy of American Anti-fascist activism in the 20th century and today.

Save the Date!
Sunday, September 26 at 5 PM EDT / 2PM PDT

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
Invites you to

A Live Online Event! 
A Legacy of Hope and Activism

Broadcast Live from ALBA’s Facebook Page
No Facebook Account Required For Access

The event lineup will include 

  • Legendary folk singer Barbara Dane in conversation with former SF Mime Troupe Musical Director and Spanish Civil War bard Bruce Barthol talking about music as a force for activism.
  • Robin D.G. Kelley on the Spanish Republic and the United Front and what they mean for today’s activists.
  • June Gipson and Deja Abdul-Haqq of My Brothers Keeper on health care activism and community organizing
  • Footage from our recent Gathering at the Monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on the Embarcadero
  • More to be announced!

Stay tuned for further details!

Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

We were proud to co-present a discussion on American Jews in the Spanish Civil War with The Sousa Mendes Foundation on Sunday, July 25.

Lincoln Brigade Memorial Video

In honor of the American Volunteers, we present a memorial video of those Lincoln Brigade Veterans that lost their lives in Spain fighting Fascism, and those who after the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War fell during WWII. Memorial Day is a holiday to honor the fallen, but the Lincolns have often been forgotten during this national remembrance because of their political identities. We hope this video serves as a small memorial for those too often ignored.

This is a work in progress; if you believe there is any information omitted please contact us at [email protected] with corrections.

Watch and Honor The Lincoln Brigade With Us

Susman Lecture 2021: 

The Art of Ralph Fasanella

As part of our Susman Lecture Series we were happy to host a talk on and exhibition of the art of Ralph Fasanella with Ralph’s son, Professor of Art and Architecture Dr. Marc Fasanella.

A Live Online Gala!
Honoring the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
My Brother’s Keeper
Broadcasted Live from ALBA’s Facebook Page

Sunday, May 2nd, 5 PM EDT/2 PM PDT

The event lineup included Billy Bragg, Guy Davis, Miriam Elhajli, A Selection from Goodbye Barcelona, and more!

Letters of Solidarity from Our Sister Organizations for 2021 Annual Gala

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