by African Support Committee
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, Fall 1969?
9 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The report says wars of national liberation in colonial and neo-colonial areas are part of the world revolution against imperialism. The African Support Committee (ASC) was founded to facilitate the funneling of various types of aid to African liberation movements. The report says an important pre-condition for supporting a liberation struggle is that the movement have achieved at least semi-liberated areas - areas that can be visited by our members in order to determine, together with representatives of the movement in question, how to best assist them. The report says that, prior to the founding of the ASC, Don Barnett and Roy Harvey, two of our members, had the opportunity to work with and observe one of the most important movements in southern Africa, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA); they were invited to attend the first Eastern Regional Conference held by the MPLA in a semi-liberated region of Angola from August 21 to 25, 1968. Harvey reported on the Conference in the Guardian and shot footage for the now-completed film Victory is Certain! The report says the first task of the ASC was to organize groups to solicit material aid for the MPLA and, when practicable, other movements. The ASC was officially founded in Seattle, though prior to July, 1969 its activity was centered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The organization has decided to create branches in several cities in the U.S. and Canada; other branches presently exist in Berkeley, Vancouver and New York, with embryonic branches in Spokane, Washington and Tampa, Florida. The report says founding members believed that ASC should grow, ideologically and organizationally, out of the concrete needs of the revolution and shape itself to handle particular tasks that arise. • Research Sub-Committee • Promotion and Civilian Aid Sub-Committee • Medical and Technical Assistance Sub-Committees
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections