ACCESS UPDATE

(no 4)
by American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society
New York, New York
August 6, 1981
5 pages
The newsletter covers the apartheid rugby tours in New Zealand and the United States, including details of extensive protests in New Zealand from May through August as well as organizing in the U.S. in July and August. It reports that Prime Minister Muldoon's Office announced it might pull out of the Gleneagles Agreement, by which it pledged to act to end all sports contacts with South Africa. It also reports on a planning meeting at the Organization of African Unity (OAU) headquarters in New York at which representatives of ACCESS, the National Black United Front, and the National Black Independent Political Party were chosen as Co-convenors. ACCESS contacted Councilman Robert Farrell to introduce a resolution in the Los Angeles City Council to protest the rugby tour and that Mayor Koch announced he would not oppose the South Africa's using Randall's Island. The Chairman of UN Special Committee cabled the mayors of Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to appeal for cancellation of games in their cities. It was announced that Gary Player had persuaded top American golfers, including Jack Nichlaus, Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino, to play in Bophuthatswana (Sun City). The newsletter discusses the Springboks, a "Day of Shame for New Zealand," Christchurch, the Wellington House of Parliament, Aukland, Gisborne, "Operation Rugby," HART (Halt All Racist Tours), Trevor Richards, Ministry of Justice, Rugby Union, National Party, New Plymouth, Wellington Rugby Union, Air New Zealand, Acting Prime Minister MacIntyre, opposition leader Bill Rowling, the Commissioner for Race Relations, Wanganui, American Rugby Football Union, Citibank, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, New York State Assembly, International Olympic Committee, Arthur Ashe, South African heavy-weight champion Gerrie Coetzee, and Govin Van Eyk.
Used by permission of Richard Lapchick, founder of the American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections