U.S. Human and Civil Rights Leaders Urge Albright to Visit Troubled Oil Fields During Nigeria Trip

by The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
October 18, 1999
3 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says American civil and human rights activists, religious leaders, environmentalists and trade unionists, including NAACP Chair Julian Bond, Congressional Black Caucus leaders Donald Payne and Maxine Waters, Sierra Club head Carl Pope, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists President William Lucy and Africa Fund Chair Dr. Tilden LeMelle today released a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright describing continuing unrest in Nigeria's economically vital Niger Delta oil fields. The press release says the U.S. leaders are members of the Leadership Commission on the Nigerian Transition, established earlier this year by The Africa Fund to monitor Nigeria's progress towards democracy after 15 years of brutal and corrupt military rule. The press release discusses oil companies, Shell, Chevron, Mobil, Texaco, Agip and Michael Fleshman. The press release includes a copy of a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright singed by Julian Bond, Chair, NAACP; Patricia Ford, Service Employees International Union; William Lucy, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Carl Pope, Executive President, The Sierra Club; Rev. Dr. Bennett Smith, Past President, Progressive National Baptist Convention; Jennifer Davis, Executive Director, The Africa Fund; Judge Nathaniel Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals; Gay McDougall, International Human Rights Law Group; Bernice Powell-Jackson, Executive Director, Commission on Racial Justice, United Church of Christ; Rep. Maxine Waters, U.S. Congress; David N. Dinkins, Former Mayor, New York City; Dr. Tilden LeMelle, Chair, The Africa Fund; Rep. Donald Payne, U.S. Congress; and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root