Africa Action
by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
February 21, 1977
8 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
A call for lobbying to support S. 174 and H.R. 1746 that would repeal the Byrd Amendment, which was adopted in November 1971 to allow imports of "strategic and critical materials," such as chrome, from Rhodesia. The mailing says a broad coalition of labor unions led by the United Steelworkers of America, churches, civil rights organizations such as NAACP, Africa support groups, the American Bar Association, and the United Nations Association have worked during the past four years to repeal this violation of United Nations sanctions. It notes that Zimbabwe's liberation movements are now stronger and the Mozambican government’s closing of the railway exits from Rhodesia to Beira and Maputo, which once carried 60 percent or more of Rhodesia's sanctions-breaking exports, has made sanctions much more effective. Also, E. F. Andrews, Vice President of Allegheny Ludlum Industries and the steel industry spokesman, says that the industry has "reduced to virtually nil" its need for Rhodesian chrome and ferrochrome. The mailing includes THE CASE FOR RESTORING RHODESIAN SANCTIONS that says the Carter Administration strongly supports the repeal of the Byrd Amendment and also mentions Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Julius Katz, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and Congressman John Dent of Pennsylvania. The mailing includes SOME HELPFUL HINTS ON HOW TO INFLUENCE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES and a FEEDBACK REPORT about legislators’ current position on S. 174 and H.R. 1746.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root