Statement of Purposes and Objectives

by Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Undated, 1978?
1 page
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The statement says the Southern Africa Solidarity Committee is an official organization of students, faculty, and staff at Harvard University, dedicated principally to the achievement of genuine majority rule in South Africa, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia) and Namibia. The Committee seeks broad participation by individuals and organizations of goodwill. The Committee seeks to develop fraternal ties with other anti-racist, anti-apartheid groups in the Boston metropolitan area. The statement says virtually all anti-apartheid organizations in South Africa have called for an end to foreign investment there, including the Christian Institute of Southern Africa, the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the South African Student Organization (SASO), the South African Student Movement (SASM), the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), the Coloured Labour Party, and the Indian Congress of South Africa. The statement expresses dismayed that Harvard continues to invest heavily in transitional corporations with extensive holdings in southern Africa and banks (such as Manufacturers Hanover and Citibank) that extend credit to the South African government and its parastatals - credits financed by the deposits of American consumers and businesses that might otherwise be available to help rejuvenate our financially strapped cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The statement discusses apartheid, the black labor force, rate of return on investments, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the United Nations General Assembly, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, violence, Chief Albert J. Luthuli, stockholder resolutions, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, World Council of Churches, tax credits, the Export-Import Bank, stocks, and bonds.
Used by permission of former members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee.
Collection: Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (Cindy Ruskin collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections