EMERGENCY PROTEST RALLY

by State-Wide Anti-Apartheid Networks
Seattle, Washington, United States
June 17, 1986
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Leaflet apparently handed out at a rally at the Federal Building on June 17, 1986. The leaflet discusses the June 16, 1976 Soweto protest of the the imposition of Afrikaans language in schools and the violent police response. Ten years later, the South African government has banned all commemorations of this event and enforced a press blackout and prevented visits to townships. The leaflet presents these demands: 1. End the State of Emergency, end apartheid, and majority rule in a unitary, democratic, nonracial South Africa. 2. Free political activity in South Africa, unban all organizations, drop all treason charges, and release all political prisoners. 3. U.S. support for total economic, diplomatic, and cultural isolation of the apartheid regime, as called for by the African National Congress (ANC). 4. The U.S. Congress pass comprehensive, mandatory economic sanctions against the apartheid regime. The leaflet discusses the Gray bill (House Bill 4868) and the Dellums amendment. It says the Gray bill will be debated the following day and asks people to send telegrams and letters to the House of Representatives and Senate. The leaflet discusses Congressman John Miller and Senator Evans. The leaflet says SWAAN has called for actions by the anti-apartheid community of Washington state; today there are simultaneous protests in Pullman, Sultan, Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, and Tacoma.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections