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.


Interview and Q&A Session with historian and author Giles Tremlett

Giles Tremlett, long-time correspondent in Madrid, has published a major new book on the 35,000 volunteers from all over the world who flocked to Spain to help defend the Second Spanish Republic against fascism. ALBA Chair Sebastiaan Faber joins Tremlett in conversation about that book, The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom & Spanish Civil War, its reception, and the Brigades’ place in history today.

Join us for an online interview, discussion, and Q & A on Thursday, October 28th, at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST. The Interview and Q&A Session will feature historian and author Giles Tremlett and ALBA Chair Sebastiaan Faber

Please join us as we explore Tremlett’s recent work on the International Brigades

Attendance is free but registration is required to join the interview and discussion.

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After registering you, will receive an email with the login information for the Zoom Session.

If you have any issues registering or connecting to the Zoom, please contact [email protected]

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ALBA Statement on the passing of Manus O’Riordan

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Board of Governors extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing at age 72. Manus often attended ALBA events, and regularly contributed to its magazine, The Volunteer. He was the partner of ALBA Board member Nancy Wallach. We are profoundly grateful for his work in the Trade Union movement and with the International Brigade Memorial Trust, preserving the memory of those who joined the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. His writing and speaking on the topic of the International Brigades—in which his father, Michael O’Riordan, served as a member of the Connolly Column—has done much to further the cause of historical preservation that we hold so dear. Manus will be greatly missed by our entire community. ¡Salud, camarada! ¡No pasarán!
– ALBA Board of Governors

Sunday, September 26 at 5 PM EDT / 2PM PDT

A Live Online Event! 
A Legacy of Hope and Activism

The event lineup included 

  • 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

The full Footage from our recent Gathering at the Monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade on the Embarcadero will available to view on our webpage in the near future

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

ALBA Event Calendar

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