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Encyclopedia > Esperanto League for North America

Esperanto-Ligo por Norda Ameriko (ELNA) is the main organization of speakers and supporters of the international language Esperanto in the United States. It was founded in 1952 in Sacramento, California, in protest of the perceived McCarthyite behavior of some leaders of the older Esperanto Association of North America (EANA); most EANA members soon went over to ELNA, and EANA quickly passed from the scene. Esperanto flag Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international language. ... Sacramento – a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament – is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ... McCarthyism, named for Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, was a period of intense anti-communism in the United States primarily from 1950 to 1954, when the U.S. government was actively engaged in countering American Communist Party subversion, its leadership, and others suspected of being Communists or Communist sympathizers. ...

ELNA administers the largest Esperanto-language book service in the Americas. It publishes a bimonthly bulletin Esperanto USA. It also occasionally publishes books about Esperanto. The organization's leadership consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and nine directors; it also has many commissioners responsible for ELNA's activity in various connections (e.g. audio-visual service; cooperation with libraries; relations with local Esperanto clubs; etc.) Membership is about 650.

ELNA has held an annual convention (called a "congress" in accordance with Esperanto-movement usage) every year since 1953, usually in the United States but occasionally in Canada or Mexico (meeting jointly with the Canadian Esperanto Association or the Mexican Esperanto Federation, respectively). Despite the "North America" in its name, ELNA is a national, not a continental organization; the organization is currently looking into the possibility of renaming itself, with "Esperanto USA" apparently the leading candidate as of the 2005 annual convention. World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west...

ELNA's headquarters is located in Emeryville, California. Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California. ...

The youth section of ELNA is USEJ (Usona Esperantista Junularo).

ELNA is the US section of the Universala Esperanto-Asocio. The World Esperanto Association (in Esperanto UEA: Universala Esperanto-Asocio) is the largest international organization of Esperanto speakers, with members in 119 countries (as of 2000) and in official relations with the United Nations and UNESCO. In addition to individual members, 95 national Esperanto organizations are affiliated to UEA. Its...

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