ALBA Condemns Anti-Asian Violence

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) condemns the appalling hate crimes against people of Asian descent. ALBA also condemns the use of racist rhetoric and terminology which has perpetuated anti-Asian stigma related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just as Americans of Asian descent bravely served on the frontlines in the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War, over 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are working on the frontlines in health care, law enforcement, first responders, transportation, supermarkets, and other service industries.

ALBA stands in solidarity with all who stand up and speak out against racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Asian sentiment, scapegoating, and ethnic or religious intolerance.

– ALBA Board of Governors

ALBA Statement of Solidarity

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) honors the legacy of the 2800 Americans who offered their lives to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War over 80 years ago. ALBA wholeheartedly rejects white supremacy and racial inequality. We condemn the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the systemic police brutality in black communities throughout the United States. ALBA stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and fully supports the protestors who have confronted oppression and injustice.

– ALBA Board of Governors

ALBA Elects Officers at Annual Meeting

Following ALBA’s 2020 annual board meeting, we are very proud to announce we have a new slate of officers.

  • Sebastiaan Faber, Chair
    • Sebastiaan Faber was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he studied Spanish; his doctorate is from the University of California, Davis. He is Professor of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College, where he directs the Center of Languages and Cultures. Sebastiaan is the author of Exile and Cultural Hegemony: Spanish Exiles in Mexico (Vanderbilt, 2002) and Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War (Palgrave, 2008), as well as some sixty articles on Spanish and Latin American literature, history, and politics. You can find his faculty webpage here. In 2000 he won the George Watt Essay Prize in the graduate category and has been on the ALBA board since 2004. He is an editor of the online edition of The Volunteer.
  • María Hernández-Ojeda, Vice-Chair
    • María Hernández-Ojeda is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College. Her research area includes the literary and historical relationship between the Canary Islands and Latin America, the cultural production of the Spanish Civil War, and anarchist and feminist women authors. She is currently researching a book project entitled Antifascist Women Activists: Hunter College Students and the Spanish Civil War.
  • Joan Levenson Cohen, Secretary
    • Joan Levenson Cohen is a retired New York City teacher who specialized in early literacy, coinciding with an ongoing extracurricular life in union, peace and health care activism. She is the daughter of a vet, Leonard Levenson.
  • Aaron Retish, Treasurer
    • Aaron Retish is Associate Professor of History at Wayne State University in Detroit where he helps coordinate Wayne State’s Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans Scholarship. He is the author of Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914-1922 (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as articles on violence and peasant identity in the Revolutionary era. He is currently working on a book project that studies local courts and popular ideas of legality and justice in the early Soviet era.


The Lincoln Brigade In The News


  • A Lincoln Brigade Story: An episode of History Detectivesairing on June 28, 2011, includes the story of the friendship between Lincoln Brigaders Sol Fellman and Doug Roach, featuring interviews with Matti Mattson and Professor and former-ALBA Board Member Jim Fernández. View the 20-minute segment here.
  • Igor Moreno on remembering the Lincoln Brigade for Diagonal.
  • Marina Garde, ALBA’s former-Executive Director, speaks with Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa for a special on Spanish film for Nueva York, May 5, 2014.
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