Operation Namibia Bulletin

(Bulletin #9)
by Operation Namibia, Philadelphia Namibia Action Group
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
March 1978
Publisher: Philadelphia Namibia Action Group, Operation Namibia
4 pages
Contents: Walvis Bay Day in Near • "Golden Harvest", Full of Banned Books, Expected in Walvis After April • Our Work at Home: The Philadelphia Namibia Action Group • Phila. Protesters Can't Swallow Sardines 'Stolen From Namibia' • Protesters demand removal of Namibian sardines from grocery store shelves • Benefit for the Philadelphia Namibia Action Group • Update on Namibia • Elections • Issue of Walvis Bay • Negotiations • The newsletter reports on an effort to sail a ship, the Golden Harvest, with banned books to Namibia. The newsletter reports the Golden Harvest is now in Accra, Ghana, where David Acquah, Chairman of the Ghana National Committee Against Apartheid, is host; before leaving Liberia in late January, the crew was received by President William Tolbert. The newsletter says PNAG is seven strong at the moment, although two of our members, Rita Radig and Gimoro Laker-Ojok (of Uganda), will soon be married and move to Michigan; Ken Martin and Joanie Prior are still active, and Linda Nunes (of Tanzania) has returned from the School for, International Training in Vermont to do her "internship" in Philadelphia, so we have her with us again for six months. The newsletter says Our two new members are: Gil Gilmore, a graduate of Penn's  law school who races motorcycles for a living, directs the choir and plays the organ for a local church, and is building a harpsichord in his dining room; and Laurie Wolfe, a graduate student in library science at Drexel who plays the cello and, hopefully, will reorganize PNAG's files. The newsletter sys we've been actively campaigning at local grocery stores against the sale of illegally imported Namibian sardine products, focusing particularly on Del Monte; due to our limited size and energy, we have not attempted a boycott of all Del Monte goods, for instance, but would support such an effort. The newsletter says during these past months the five Western powers--Britain, Canada, France, the U.S. and West Germany--have attempted to negotiate a settlement between SWAPO and the South African government. The newsletter reprints newspaper articles including '"GOLDEN HARVEST:, FULL OF BANNED BOOKS, EXPECTED IN WALVIS AFTER APRIL' from The Windhoek Advertiser, "Phila. Protesters Can't Swallow Sardines 'Stolen From Namibia'", and "Protesters demand removal of Namibian sardines from grocery store shelves". The newsletter discusses Karen Elise, Monrovia, KNIGHT GRAND COMMANDER OF THE HUMANE ORDER OF AFRICAN REDEMPTION, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Prime Minister Vorster, the Pass Book Law, Judge Steyn, Isaac Baker of Britain, Llew Baker, Jane Staffiers and Mark Vernon of Britain, Sten Marguard of Denmark, Martin Gotje of Holland, Ryo Yamaguchi of Japan, Granto Wackrow and Naomi Petersen of New Zealand, Mohammed Abdul Bahari of Sri Lanka, David Moodie of the United States, Hedy Kuppers, Wieland Kunzel, Rainer Bruckman, Peter Bineasch, West Germany, South Africa police, South African troops, the disbanded Turnhalle Constitutional Talk proposals, SWAPO, the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), Dirk Mudge, captain David Moodie, Luanda, Ed May, the Office on World Community of the Lutheran World Ministries, the FRI, Port Louis, the Cape of Good Hope, political prisoners, and U.N. Security Council Resolution 385.
Used by permission of Kenneth K. Martin, a former member of the Philadelphia Namibia Action Group.
Collection: Alan Zaslavsky Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections