PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT IN THE USA

by Anti-Apartheid Movement U.S.A.
with Isabelle Gunning, Ben Gurirab, Ben Magubane, Tapson Maware, Don Morton, Paul Pumphrey, Larry Schulz, Tim Smith, Louise Stack
Brooklyn, New York, United States
September 27, 1975
12 pages
Type: Policy Document
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Cover letter and proposal about the need and proposed establishment of an Anti-Apartheid Movement in the United States. The cover letter says the two main purposes of which would be: 1) organizing a large, active constituency especially among the Black, student, trade union and women constituencies and 2) a close consultative and participatory working relationship with the liberation movements. The proposal says the time has come for a serious re-appraisa1 of our response to the changing situation in Southern Africa; the destruction of basic human rights in Southern Africa is unknown to most Americans; few know that although the Blacks are in the majority (80%) they are denied the right to vote in the White Government system; they have been thrown off their own land, dumped in desolate reserves, forced to work for slave wages, unable to live with their families and oppressed by one of the most vicious police states in the world; arrests, tortures and repression are everyday occurrences now and the U.S. is considered a major friend with huge investments in these white minority regimes; the dramatic victory of FRELIMO in Mozambique however, has broken the blockade of white buffer states surrounding South Africa. Namibia and Zimbabwe remain on the brink of a breakthrough towards Black majority rule. The proposal says under the umbrella of the AAM, work groups will be created to focus attention on special issues and to develop programs for local actions; initially these groups will include: Nato/Arms Embargo, Corporations, Trade Unions, Liberation Support Work, Legislative Issues, Rhodesian Sanctions, Student Work and Womens Issues. The proposal says the AAM would also seek to develop coalitions of common interest groups against Apartheid ego Doctors Against Apartheid who would relate to medical and health questions in South Africa; Teachers, Lawyers, Sportspersons, Artists, Clergy Against Apartheid, etc. The proposal discusses the American Committee on Africa, Southern Africa magazine, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Washington Office on Africa, local groups, mass education, the Non-Interference Bill and Separate Representation Act, and the Terrorism Act. • 1. THE CURRENT SITUATION • 2. THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL RESPONSE • 3. PROPOSAL • 4. STRUCTURE • A. NATIONAL OFFICE • B. REGIONAL OFFICES • C. LOCAL CHAPTERS • D. GENERAL • F. BUDGET •APPENDIX 1. "A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF SOUTH AFRICA"
Collection: Kenneth K. Martin Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections