(No. 12)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, Summer or Fall 1988?
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Australia, France, United Kingdom
Language: English
Contents: House Passes Bill To Force Shell Out Of South Africa • Spreading The News • Boycott Featured on Boston's Top Radio Station • Shell Admits Oil Reaches South Africa • Shell Illegally Kept Out Stockholders • County Officials Call For Action On Shell • National Council of Churches, Baptists Back Boycott • Shell Warns On U.S. Sanctions Bill • Station Owner Changes Brands • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • The newsletter says despite an all-out lobbying effort by Shell Oil Co., the U.S. House of Representatives on August 11 passed a bill that would prohibit the company from obtaining leases for federal oil, coal, and gas as long as any Royal Dutch/Shell subsidiary does business with South Africa. The newsletter asks people to contact their Senators and urge them to support S. 2378 as passed by the House of Representatives. The newsletter reports Shell UK has admitted to the London Observer that a shipment of its oil reached South Africa in violation of sanctions established by the British Commonwealth. The newsletter says the morning show on Boston's NO.1 FM and AM radio station, WBCN, has launched an intensive "SheIlShock" campaign urging listeners to boycott Shell products because of Royal Dutch/Shell's role in fueling South African apartheid; Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, Massachusetts Secretary of State Michael Connolly, seven members of the Boston City Council, and several state legislators are among those who have joined deejay Charles Laquidara in the studio to endorse the ShellShock campaign. The newsletter says Shell UK has admitted to the London Observer that a shipment of its oil reached South Africa in violation of sanctions established by the British Commonwealth; the newspaper discovered that a ship carrying oil from Shell left Great Britain with France as its reported destination, but that it went secretly to South Africa instead. The newsletter says Shell co-owns or operates South Africa's largest oil refinery, the offshore station through which most imported oil is delivered, an oil pipeline, and more than 800 gasoline stations. It also supplies fuel to the South African military and police; but the company continues to claim that it is not really fueling apartheid because crude oil is no longer shipped to South Africa under Shell's own name. The newsletter says Shell Transport and Trading Co., the London-based co-owner of Royal Dutch/Shell, has admitted that it illegally kept representatives of stockholders who oppose its role in South Africa out of its annual meeting; the stockholders' representatives included Roger Lyons, a top official of a major union which represents Shell workers in Great Britain. The newsletter says the National Association of Black County Officials has adopted a resolution calling on all county governments to support the Shell boycott. The newsletter says the National Council of Churches, made up of 32 Protestant and Orthodox churches with more than 40 million members, has endorsed the Shell boycott; the boycott was backed unanimously by the NCC's 260-member governing board despite an appearance by Shell spokesman R.W. Tookey. The newsletter says a Shell station operator in Castlewood, Virginia, has switched brands as a result of the boycott campaign; station operator Greg Funk took the action after meeting with local United Mine Workers leaders. The newsletter discusses the National Labor Boycott Shell Committee, Richard Trumka of the Mine Workers, Owen Bieber of the Auto Workers, WBCN, anti-apartheid legislation, Roger Clemens, Massachusetts Secretary of State Michael Connolly, the Boston City Council, Rev. Cecil Murray, the American Baptist Churches, United Church of Christ, Methodist Church, Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Unitarians, the United Mine Workers, Greg Funk, and Rep. Bob Wise. The newsletter includes a photograph of representatives of AFSCME, the Communications Workers, Mine Workers, and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) picket of a Washington speech by John Bookout, then chief of Shell Oil. The newsletter quotes Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox and an excerpt from an article in the South African newspaper, The Citizen. It also includes a quote by John R. Wilson, chairman, Shell South Africa, in an interview in Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections