Latest Letters from the Supporters of the Leon Trotsky House and Museum

Instituto del Derecho de Asilo – Casa Museo Leon Trotsky, A.C.
(IDA-CMLTAC)
Avenida Río Churubusco No. 410
Col. del Carmen Coyoacán
CP 04100 México, DF — MEXICO
Tel. 56 58 87 32
gall.museotrotsky@gmail.com
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Dear Friends,

We are writing to ask you to join International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum in Coyoacán, Mexico.

Support has been coming in from all over the world for International Friends. We have been very heartened by the widespread response to our appeal — from political activists of all tendencies and backgrounds, intellectuals, artists, elected officials, trade union leaders and activists, historians, and so many others.

We are enclosing below three letters from the United States that will give you a sense of the kind of support we are receiving. We urge you to endorse International Friends by filling out the pledge coupon below and returning it as soon as possible.

Your financial contributions are urgently needed as well.

If you are a resident of the United States, please:

1. 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, San Francisco, CA 94140.,

2. Fill out and send the following Pledge Coupon to so that we know your check is in the mail.

TROTSKY MUSEUM INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS DONATION COUPON

[ ] Please list me as a Founding Member of International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum.

[ ] I will contribute $ _____ to the fund to preserve the Leon Trotsky Museum in Mexico City. My tax-exempt contribution will be made out to Global Exchange (with Trotsky Museum on Memo line of check) and sent to International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum, P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.

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If you are a resident of a country other than the United States, please wire your donation from your bank to our Museum’s bank in Mexico. Your wire should be sent to our bank at:

1. BBVA Bancomer S.A. INSTITUCION DE BANCA MULTIPLE, GRUPO FINANCIERO BBVA BANCOMER

- The account number is 0452487284
– The number of what is called in Mexico the “Clabe Interbancaria” (a number destined to transfers 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. 04100 en Mexico D.F.
– TEL. (52) 55 56 59 67 17 Ext. 34
– FAX (52) 55 56 59 92 63,
2. Please fill out and send the following coupon

TROTSKY MUSEUM DONATION COUPON

[ ] Please list me as a Founding Member of International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum.

[ ] I will contribute US$ _____, or _______ (list currency) to the fund to preserve the Leon
Trotsky Museum in Mexico City. I will write this amount to the Museum’s bank in Mexico according to the instructions listed above.

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[Please fill out this form and send it either via email to Olivia Gall at or by snail mail to Instituto del Derecho de Asilo - Museo Casa de León Trotsky A.C., Avenida Río Churubusco 410, Colonia del Carmen, Coyoacán, México 04100 D.F., Mexico.]

We thank you all in advance for your attention and your support,

Sincerely,

Olivia Gall
Director,
Leon Trotsky Museum (IDA-CMLTAC)

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LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM BARBARA KINGSOLVER
(best-selling writer, author of award-winning The Lacuna)

August 5, 2010

International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum
P.O. Box 40009
San Francisco, CA 94140

Dear International Friends,

I send best wishes in your efforts to preserve The Leon Trotsky Museum. I feel enormous gratitude to all who have helped maintain the integrity of this museum over the years, because it was an invaluable resource to me during my research and writing of The Lacuna. Efforts like these to preserve political history are powerfully political in themselves, and help us to retain our sense of who we are, and where we have been.

I am so sorry that I am unable to attend the launch of the international campaign on August 20, but wish you the greatest success. I always think of Lev Trotsky at this time of year — and many others.

Yours in solidarity

signed/
Barbara Kingsolver
Meadowview, Virginia

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LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM FRANK FRIED
(veteran socialist activist)

Dear Comrades,

I enthusiastically join International Friends commemorating and celebrating in Mexico City the life and ideas of Leon Trotsky. Unfortunately, the ravages of age prevent me from joining you in person but, like tens of thousands of others throughout the world, I am with you in spirit and in solidarity.

Through the many twists and turns in my life of 83 years, one thing has remained consistent since I became a socialist at the age of 17. I have always said with a sense of pride when asked, and volunteered often even when not asked, that I came from the Trotskyist tradition. Though the forms of struggle changed for many of us over the decades, this truth stayed with me.

And these ideas remain relevant today. Every revolutionary movement that hopes to make an impact on the world cannot escape coming fact to face with issues of class independence and socialist democracy except at their great peril.

Preserving the rich history of the struggle for these ideas, which is the basis of my optimistic hope for the future of humankind, is why I support your project and adopt it as my own.

On behalf of myself, you have my gratitude; on behalf of my nine grandchildren, you give them hope.
Frank Fried
Alameda, California
August 10, 2010

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LETTER FROM KIRSTEN MOLLER
(Executive Director, Global Exchange)

Dear Olivia,
Thank you so much for inviting us to be at the founding event of the International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum. The ILTF is one of my favorite places to visit in the DF.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make it to Mexico this summer but our thoughts will be with you and please give those gathered a message of solidarity from all of us at Global Exchange.

If we don’t preserve our history we won’t have a chance to learn from it!
With warm greetings,
Kirsten Moller
Executive Director
Global Exchange
San Francisco, California

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Welcome to the Trotsky House Blog

This web site is an English language blog dedicated to the preservation of the Leon Trotsky House and Museum in Mexico City. We seek to raise funds for Museum.

The following letter was sent to supporters of the Museum around the world.

Dear Friends:
We are writing this letter to invite you to become a member of International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum in Mexico City (IDA-MCLTAC) and to support the effort to preserve and renovate the museum.

On August 20, at 4 p.m., we will launch the International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum at a special event in a larger venue than our Museum’s auditorium: the Foro Coyoacanense, Hugo Argüelles, Calle Allende No. 36, in the center district of Coyoacán, in the southern region of Mexico City.
This event will be part of a three-day series of activities on August 19-21 marking the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky, the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Trotsky Museum, and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Institute on the Right of Asylum.

We would like to invite you to join “International Friends” and, if possible, to attend the launching of this group on August 20.

If you would like to join “International Friends,” please endorse the short statement below and send it to <gall.museotrotsky@gmail.com>. We welcome all who support our Museum’s six- point “Statement on Social Objectives” and our four-point “Renovation Project” [see Appendices Nos. 1 and 2 below], and who wish to help us raise desperately needed funds to promote these objectives.
The program of the event launching the International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum on August 20 (starting @ 4 p.m.) will include:

  • – Presentations by Esteban Volkov (Trotsky’s grandson and president of the board of directors of the museum) and Olivia Gall (director of the museum);
  • – A theatrical presentation by Grupo Sol Azul of Moises Mendelewicz titled “Conversations with Trotsky”;
  • – A presentation on Political Asylum in Mexico by Pablo Yankelvich (INAH); and
  • – A trailer presentation of the film “Planet Without a Visa” (by David Weiss and Linda Laub), with an introduction by US filmmaker Linda Laub.

For information about how to send funds for this effort from countries other than Mexico and the United States, please contact us at:

Instituto del Derecho de Asilo – Casa Museo Leon Trotsky, A.C. (IDA-CMLTAC)

Avenida Río Churubusco No. 410 Col. del Carmen Coyoacán

CP 04100 México, DF — MEXICO

Tel. 56 58 87 32 gall.museotrotsky@gmail.com

For funds sent from the United States, which are tax-deductible, 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, San Francisco, CA 94140.
We thank you for your support and hope to see you at the launching of International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum on August 20. If you cannot attend, we welcome your messages of support for this event.

Sincerely,
Olivia Gall
Full Professor, CEIICH-UNAM

Esteban Volkov Bronstein
Grandson of Leon Trotsky
President of the Board of the    Director of the IDA-MCLTAC

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