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This letter written by the Comité Ejecutivo of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios [Executive Committee of the League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] was addressed to the American Writers’ Congress (AWC) in New York; it informed the AWC that the LEAR’s contingent at the conference would consist of Juan de la Cabada, as the senior group member, and German List Arzubide, Renato Molina Enríquez and Miguel Rubio. The letter also notes that the LEAR’s Veracruz division would be sending the writer José Mancisidor. It likewise solicits information on the topics to be discussed so that the Mexican representatives may prepare their speeches. It concludes by confirming the exhibition of posters and other artwork by Mexican revolutionaries that will be held there.
The recipient of the letter, Alan Calmer, served as secretary of the John Reed Club (JRC). It is likely that the man who signed the document was Luis Arenal, secretary of the Executive Committee for the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR), as he states in other documents, upon which he collaborated with the JRC before his return to Mexico in 1933.Juan de la Cabada, writer and active member of the PCM [Mexican Communist Party], was designated by the LEAR to serve as the chief Mexican representative at this conference; he was a founding member of the Lucha Internacional Proletaria (LIP) [International Proletarian Struggle] in 1931. In 1935 he collaborated with several organizations: la Alianza de Trabajadores del Arte (ATA) [Alliance of Art Workers]; el Socorro Rojo Internacional [International Red Aid]; and the Liga Contra el Fascismo y la Guerra Imperialista [League Against Fascism and Imperialist War], among others. This letter is another example of the international importance that artists’ associations assumed through their leftist political militancy in the struggle against imperialism, fascism and war. They operated not only on an artistic level, but also on the level of debate through their participation in different international conferences and the dissemination of their artwork.