TO: Friends of SASO II

by Ann Martens, Brian Rosencrans, South African Solidarity Organization
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
March 28, 1980
Publisher: South African Solidarity Organization
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says we want to provide you with an update of the South African Solidarity Organization's (SASO II) activities at Western Michigan University and also inform you about the University's continued attempts to prosecute eleven of us for "Disturbing the Peace" at the October 19th Board of Trustees Meeting. The mailing says without your help, we would have been living under a University-initiated court injunction which could have kept us from publically speaking about South Africa at the Board Meetings; with your support, we presented arguments in Circuit Court and the University was instructed to honor our constitutional rights of speech. The mailing says the University and the Prosecuting Attorney are continuing the criminal charges against us. We have asked for a "Bill of Particulars"; this would require them to specify the charges as they apply to each individual; the court has so far denied this request, and the trial date has been set for May 15th. The mailing says the University has resolutely refused to reconsider its policy of continued financial ties to South Africa; recently, we questioned their use of banks and brokerages that provide economic support for South Africa; the University is presently involved in a capital funds campaign. The mailing says many community organizations have appeared before the Board asking the university to break its links with apartheid; people are writing the Board and the Prosecutor expressing their opinions; we are continuing our community educational efforts through an April 12 Midwest Conference on anti-apartheid strategies. The mailing says the State of Nebraska has passed legislation prohibiting public agencies from investing in South Africa. Michigan's legislature is presently debating similar bills sponsored by Rep. Perry Bullard of Ann Arbor.
Used by permission of former members of the South African Solidarity Organization.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root