Inkululeko * Freedom

(No. 1)
by Michigan Anti-Apartheid Coordinating Council
Detroit, Michigan, United States
March-April 1988
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Apartheid Regime Launches New Attacks!, Political Activities of 18 Civic & Labor Groups Banned • March 21, 1960 • South African Labor in '87 • On the Industrial Front • UAW Support Mayekiso • Amon Msane Freed! • michigan against apartheid • Sanctions Update • …Boycott Alert! • Biko & Cry Freedom • The newsletter reports on the apartheid government’s order on February 24 forbidding 17 anti-racist organizations "from carrying out or performing any activity or acts whatsoever." Groups affected range from the large anti-apartheid coalition, the multi-racial United Democratic Front (UDF) to the smaller but influential Black Consciousness Azanian Peoples Organization (AZAPO) and its National Forum Committee alliance. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was ordered to cease all its political activities and confine itself to narrow collective bargaining issues. The newsletter asks people to send messages supporting the freedom movement to COSATU, the Weekly Mail, and The New Nation and to send protests to South African Ambassador Dr. Pieter Koornhoff. The newsletter reports that, throughout 1987, Black workers and their organizations played an increasing central role in the South African freedom struggle. The newsletter reports California Representative Ronald Dellums and Senator Alan Cranston have introduced H.R. 1580 and S. 556 to not only maintain already introduced measurers, but to impose stronger sanctions. It also reports that the Namibia Information Service requests anti-apartheid activists to be alert to a possible cultural boycott of the film "Red Scorpion." Katrina Ganey will speak and show slides from her recent trip to South Africa's Black townships. The newsletter includes a review of the movie Cry Freedom and advertises a Sharpeville Commemoration on March 19 with speakers from South Africa, UAW, and TransAfrica. Dennis Brutus’ poem, Stubborn Hope, is included. The newsletter discusses the National Party, African National Congress (ANC), National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA), Alexandra Action Committee, Free South Africa Coordinating Committee, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Mayflower United Church of Christ, Rev. Aldridge, AFSCME Local 312, President Reagan, UNITA, Jonas Savimbi, Grace Jones, Dolph Lundoren, Steve Biko, South African Students Organization (SASO), the Terrorism Act, Black Peoples Convention, Pan Africanist Congress, Unity Movement, United Automobile Workers (UAW), and 3M.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root