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        <h1 id="reader-title">The Cultural Workers Movement and Frente
          Conference</h1>
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          <div id="reader-estimated-time">January 29, 2018<br>
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                    <p>Hello,</p>
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                    <p>Here at the Archives, we recently unearthed a
                      couple boxes that have now turned into a new
                      collection! This collection provides material
                      about the <strong><a
href="https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?view_collection=1048"
                          target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cultural
                          Workers Movement</a></strong> in California in
                      the 1970s. This was a movement of visual artists,
                      writers, musicians, theater people, and other
                      cultural workers to form a committed revolutionary
                      and anti-imperialist cultural front, the Cultural
                      Workers’ Front of Our America. The Front had
                      several goals: to rediscover and build peoples’
                      culture, to use culture as a form of political
                      education, and to produce work that reflected the
                      struggles of the Third World and working people in
                      the U.S. Much of the collection’s materials relate
                      to the Frente Conference of 1975, which the Front
                      organized to bring together cultural workers
                      across the Bay Area, including largely
                      Latino-Chicano artists, poets, and writers.</p>
                    <p>As an artist myself, this collection makes me
                      think not only about how the arts can do radical
                      and revolutionary work, but about the power of
                      collective mobilization. The collection prompts
                      some key questions about today’s cultural
                      landscape: what are the differences between
                      individual artists creating revolutionary-themed
                      work, versus a collective, organized movement?
                      What does revolutionary cultural work look like
                      today—especially in our digital, more globalized
                      world? Is there any equivalent modern movement to
                      the 1970s Cultural Workers Front? What are our
                      responsibilities as cultural workers and artists?</p>
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                    <p>Working on the collection, I was also
                      particularly struck by the importance of
                      internationalism for the Cultural Workers
                      Movement. Materials from the collection reveal how
                      the Front actually began in Quito, Ecuador and
                      then decided to expand to North America to include
                      like-minded cultural workers in the U.S. This is a
                      great example of how a movement not only values
                      international solidarity, but is actually founded
                      by and committed to Third World and international
                      leadership.</p>
                    <p>The materials in the collection provide a
                      fascinating window into the inner workings of a
                      political movement. You can trace the
                      organization’s formation, evolution, methods of
                      organizing, and even internal politics through its
                      records. For me, one of the most unique parts of
                      the collection is its folder of internal
                      documents, meeting notes, and memos that span more
                      than a year of the Front’s activity. Flipping
                      through this collection, you’ll also find
                      beautiful artwork, cultural publications, drafts
                      of speeches, and more. Check out the collection <strong><a
href="https://search.freedomarchives.org/search.php?view_collection=1048"
                          target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a></strong>.</p>
                    <p>-Addy</p>
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