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This extensive document covers the various phases of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios [LEAR, League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] and the international causes the organization supported. Despite being billed as a “Congreso de Escritores, Artistas e Intelectuales Mexicanos” [Conference of Mexican Writers, Artists and Intellectuals], it included a large number of international cultural figures and representatives of international organizations as well as media. This article provides details on the mechanics of the conference, as well as on its topics and resolutions done by sections in accordance with the professional areas of the LEAR’s members. The Congreso concluded with the following proposals: to next hold a continental conference; to promote the “frente único” [single front] publication; to establish a Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Intellectuales [Union of Intellectual Workers] that would be integrated into the nation’s central workers’ union; and also establish a Center for Intellectual Workers that would be supported by governmental funding. The conference also resolved to promote a new art that would serve the proletariat at the exhibition organized by the Sección de Artes Plásticas, since individual endeavors would be doomed to failure because of their “partial values.”
This unsigned document—assumed to be the criterion of Frente a Frente [Front to Front] magazine—proves the enormous draw and range of membership that characterized the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios. The list of affiliates with LEAR letterhead throughout the nation’s states is of particular interest because it allows us to know the reach of this project begun in the nation’s capital. This ability to draw members together was perhaps due to the Liga’s status as a meta-union; the group was also capable of managing transactions and its public mission.