ACTION MEMO

(VOLUME I ISSUE I)
by Jaffray Cuyler, American Friends Service Committee
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
June 4, 1979
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee,
3 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This statewide Action Memo and contact list and telephone hotline is developed at the suggestion of Marylee Wiley at the Michigan State University African Studies Center. Information is included from the Washington Office on Africa about Rhodesian sanctions and from Michigan State Representative Perry Bullard's office about his bill #6341 which he plans to reintroduce this session. The newsletter reports that, on May 15, 1979, the Senate passed 74 to 21 a "sense of the Congress" resolution to lift sanctions against Rhodesia in recognition of "free and fair" elections in Rhodesia; President Carter has until June 15 to decide whether or not to lift sanctions. Rhodesia is 85-90% under martial law and the elections involved much intimidation; members of the Patriotic Front were not allowed in the country to campaign or allowed to be on the ballot. The newsletter asks people to write to President Carter immediately urging him to keep economic sanctions against Rhodesia until fair elections can be held which would involve the Patriotic Front. People also are asked to write their Congressperson to block any attempt to recogn1ze the internal settlement in Rhodesia. Also, write Senator Levin to congratulate him on his vote to maintain sanctions and to Senator Riegle to ask him why he did not vote and what his stand is. Letters of support will be needed for Perry Bullard's bill when it is reintroduced and referred to a House Committee. The newsletter says demonstrations are planned for Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo to mark the third anniversary of the June 16 uprising in Soweto. The contact list includes people in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Rochester, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. The newsletter mentions Don Van Hoeven, Western Michigan University, Richard Mouw, GRACE Taskforce, Pat Beeman, Southern Africa Liberation Committee, Erick Williams, Vince Khapoya, Jim Graham, Lou Turner, Bill O’Brien, Issac Hall, and the Washtenaw County Coalition Against Apartheid. • RHODESIAN SANCTIONS • PERRY BULLARD BILL #6341 • NOTE • STATEWIDE MAILING LIST: SOUTHERN AFRICA ISSUES • KALAMAZOO • HOUSE BILL No. 6341
Used by permission of former member of Southern Africa Liberation Committee.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root