Continue the conversation cycle "Third Awakening, 1988 year What can and what we can do", the Museum of the Popular Front of the National Museum of the History of Latvia, in cooperation with Conrad Adenauer Foundation, on 7 September. 17.00 invites people to the event "Organizing Quick start guide for establishing the people's front". Free access.
Following the resolution adopted at the plenary session of the Creative Union on 1 June 1988, supporting the reform course initiated by Secretary-General of the CPSU Secretary-General Mikhail Gorbachev and calling on the Soviet Government to recognize Latvia as sovereign and national state, on 21 June, the first People & # 39; s Front Initiative Group called the citizens of Latvia to unite in the Popular Front – and it was even published as an informal magazine "Auseklis" at that time . On 19 July the invitation was published in the newspaper "Soviet Youth". It condemned the government of the former republic, every citizen was called to formulate his proposals and actively participate in the establishment of the Popular Front.
A group of LTF lecturers was set up to explain the need for setting up the organization and facilitating the formation of support groups. The group was led by the teacher of the Riga Polytechnical Institute Jānis Dinevičs.
Lawyers Edgars Meliksis, Ilmārs Bišers, journalists Janis Škapars, Janis Rukšans, Andrejs Cīrulis, lecturer of the Latvian State University, Professor Valdis Šteins, Lutheran Pastor Juris Rubenis, members of the Helsinki-86 Juris Ziemelis, Juris, participated in the creation of the Latvian Popular Front; Vidin, painter Jemma Skulme, secretary of the Latvian SSR Union of artists Sandra Kalniete etc. The Latvian People & # 39; s Front Organization Committee was set up, led by Janis Peters, chairman of the Board of the Writers & # 39; Latvian SSR. It worked out the project from the People & # 39; s Front structure and target program and made the necessary preparations for the founding congress of the Popular Front. The Latvian television program "Labvakar" and the newspaper "Soviet Youth" played an important role in setting up LTF.
On 8 and 9 October 1988 the founding congress was convened in the Political Education House of the Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party (now the Congress House), which brought together more than a thousand delegates from all regions of Latvia.
The meeting in honor of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Latvian Popular Front is expected to meet with the already legendary forces & # 39; from the LTF Organizing Committee or, as they were jokingly called the other Tautfrontists, the LTF 'mind, honor and conscience & # 39; – politicians Sandra Kalniete and editor of the former newspaper "Literatūra un Māksla", civil servant Janis Škaparu, as well as Jānis Strodu, a member of the board of the former LTV broadcaster "Labvakar" journalist Ojārs Rubens and member of the board of directors of the LTF Daugavpils department.
The panel discussion about the meaning of the lessons learned during the establishment of the LTF and about what we can learn and inherit from the Third Awakening Civic Activity will be led by the researcher of the social memory of the University of Latvia, Doctor in Communication Sciences Martins Kaprans.
After noon 18.30 Continuation of the discussions about the coffee cup.