Educators Against Apartheid

by Educators Against Apartheid
Jamaica, New York
February 1988
2 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter reports that more than 70 teachers and students attended the January 30 rally to stop the detention of youth and executions in South Africa; the highlight was the gold miners’ dance performed by Sechaba, the cultural group of the African National Congress. The students plan to circulate the “Stop the Executions” petition and march in mid-April to deliver it to the South African Consulate. The newsletter reports the movie "Red Scorpion" is being filmed in Namibia in defiance of the international cultural boycott. The newsletter includes an article on the struggle for full divestment of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS). The newsletter discusses removal by the army of one-third of the residents from the Black township of Oukasie near Brits, a small enclave of Afrikaner conservatism and birthplace of the Neo-Nazi AWB. The area where people are being resettled is on the border of the Bophuthatswana bantustan and may eventually become incorporated into the bantustan. The newsletter says the AFL-CIO backs the Dellums/Cranston legislation H.R. 1580/S. 566 calling for a total embargo of South Africa. The South African government threatened mass firings of doctors who wrote a scathing criticism of conditions at South Africa's largest Black hospital, Baragwanath. It also reports on a mutiny in November 1987 by over 400 Black soldiers from the South African forces that invaded Angola and also on Black municipal policemen being recruited to help put down anti-apartheid actions by residents of the Black township Sebokeng in December. A forum will be held at Riverside Church on the South African trade union movement with the speaker Susan Mnumzana of the African National Congress (ANC). The newsletter also includes information about Paula Bower, the Fund for a Free South Africa, Ruth Messinger, the International Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, The Africa Fund, and the United Nations Center Against Apartheid, along with quotations from Arthur Ashe, Co-Chairman of Artists & Athletes Against Apartheid, and Thomas Donahue, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. Contents: STOP THE MURDER OF CHILDREN!! • SAY NO TO THE RED SCORPION! • PLEASE READ THIS! • Brits and Oukasie • Boycott Kellogg's • Legislative Update • Apartheid is Wrong Narrated by Ruby Dee • RESOURCE MATERIALS • DOCTORS FIGHT BACK • MUTINY!! • FORUM: The Trade Union Movement in South Africa • Early Childhood Teachers
Used by permission of Paula Rogovin, a former member of Educators Against Apartheid.
Collection: Educators Against Racism and Apartheid Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections