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Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum: An Appeal

Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum: An Appeal

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Instituto del Derecho de Asilo - Museo Casa de León Trotsky, A.C.(IDA-CMLTAC)Avenida Río Churubusco No. 410Col. del Carmen CoyoacánCP 04100 México, DF -- MEXICOTel. 56 58 87 32gall.museotrotsky@gmail.com
Dear Friends in the WorldWe are writing this letter to invite you to support the effort to preserve and renovate the LeonTrotsky Museum (IDA-MCLTAC) in Mexico City.Already many of our U.S. supporters -- including Suzi Weissman, Carol Lang and Alan Benjamin --have sent out appeals to their friends urging support for our project. We thank them for theirefforts, and we thank the dozens of you who have already sent in financial contributions to ourfund.On August 20, at 4 p.m., we will launch the International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum at aspecial event in a larger venue than our Museum's auditorium: the Foro Coyoacanense, HugoArgüelles, Calle Allende No. 36, in the center district of Coyoacán, in the southern region of MexicoCity.This event will be part of a three-day series of activities on August 19-21 marking the 70thanniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky, the 35th anniversary of the opening of theTrotsky Museum, and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Institute on the Right of Asylum.We would like to invite all our friends and supporters in the United States to join "InternationalFriends" and, if possible, to attend the launching of this group on August 20.If you would like to join "International Friends," please send us a note to the email address listedabove. We welcome all who support our Museum's six-point "Statement on Social Objectives" andour four-point "Renovation Project" [see below], and who wish to help us raise desperatelyneeded funds to promote these objectives.Our goal is for International Friends to include the broadest possible regroupment of personalities,democratic rights activists (including supporters of the right to asylum, which is one of the mainthemes of our Museum), political activists, and museologists of different progressive politicaltendencies and backgrounds.On August 19 and August 20 (until 2 p.m.), we also will be holding in our Museum's auditorium aConference on "Socialism, Democracy and Dissident Movements." There will be presentations byMexican and international speakers. Some of the panels are the following:
- Trotsky and the Dewey Commission (Prof. Olivia Gall, UNAM and Trotsky Museum),- Participation and Rights of Latinos in the United States (Prof. Suzanne Oboler, Editor, LatinoStudies, CUNY),- Dissident Social Movements on the Left and the Right in the United States (Alan Benjamin, Editor,The Organizer),- The Relevance of Victor Serge (Suzi Weissman, KPFK Radio producer and author),- Trotsky and the Dissident Movements in Eastern Europe (Prof. Gabriel García Higueras,University of Lima, Peru), and- Victor Serge, the POUM and the "Socialism and Liberty" group (Prof. Claudio Albertini, UACM).The program of the event launching the International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum onAugust 20 (starting @ 4 p.m.) will include presentations by Esteban Volkov (Trotsky's grandson andpresident of the board of directors of the museum) and Olivia Gall (director of the museum); atheatrical presentation by Grupo Sol Azul of Moises Mendelewicz titled "Conversations withTrotsky"; a presentation on Political Asylum in Mexico by Pablo Yankelvich (INAH); and a trailerpresentation of the film "Planet Without a Visa" (by David Weiss and Linda Laub), with anintroduction by Linda Laub.Finally, on August 21, there will be a laying of a wreath of the tombstones of Leon Trotsky andNatalia Sedova, with a presentation by Esteban Volkov.We invite you to donate to our Museum preservation/renovation fund and to join ourInternational Friends of the Leon Trotsky group and campaign.
If you are a resident or a citizen of the United States, please:
Send your checks, payable to Global Exchange (write "Trotsky Museum" on Memo line of your check), to International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum, P.O. Box 40009, SanFrancisco, CA 94140.,2.
Fill out and send, to the same P.O. Box, the following CouponTROTSKY MUSEUM DONATION COUPON[ ] I will contribute $ _____ to the fund to preserve the Leon TrotskyMuseum in Mexico City. My tax-exempt contribution will be made out to GlobalExchange (with Trotsky Museum on Memo line of check) and sent to InternationalFriends of the Leon Trotsky Museum, P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.
 DATENAMEADDRESSCITYSTATECOUNTRYZIPEMAILand send it to International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum, P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco,CA 94140, with a copy to alanbenjamin@earthlink.net]
If you are a citizen of another country and you dont need a tax exemption for your donation tous, please:
Wire your donation to us to
-The bank BBVA Bancomer S.A. INSTITUCION DE BANCA MULTIPLE, GRUPOFINANCIERO BBVA BANCOMER -The account number 0452487284-The number of what is called in Mexico the "Clabe Interbancaria" (a number destined totransfers from one bank to the other) is 012180004524872848-Swift code: BCMRMXMMPYM-The bank's address is Av. Centenario No. 12 Col. Del Carmen Del. Coyoacan C.P. 04100en Mexico D.F.-TEL. (52) 55 56 59 67 17 Ext. 34- FAX (52) 55 56 59 92 63,2.
Fill out and send the following couponTROTSKY MUSEUM DONATION COUPON[ ] I will contribute $ _____, or ¼_______ to the fund to preserve the Leon TrotskyMuseum in Mexico City.

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