by Hawaii Committee for Africa
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Undated, June 14 or 15,1986
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet says earlier this week, the S. African government declared a state of emergency and began arresting anti-apartheid leaders, continuing a pattern of repression that has prevailed for over five decades; two days ago, the government police sealed off Soweto from the outside world; Soweto is a black residential area outside Johannesburg; on June 16, 1976, a decade ago, police opened fire on 5,000 unarmed school children who were protesting a government order that Black schools use the Afrikaans language as the medium of instruction; Afrikaans is the language used by the country's ruling White minority; the spiral of violence has continued to this day. The leaflet says call Congressmen Heftel and Akaka and urge them to support H.R. 4868 and any strengthening amendments to enact strong economic sanctions against South Africa; the vote is set for Tuesday, June 17, so please call them on Monday, the 16th. The leaflet says last week, President Simone chose to ignore the recent Amnesty International report documenting widespread human rights violations in S. Africa including routine torture of political prisoners (the arrest rate has been in excess of 100,000 per year!) and other brutalities; divestment is a prudent action not only because it signals Hawaii's abhorrence of human rights violations; it also protect UH investment funds from potential losses; it’s obviously not safe to invest funds in politically unstable areas; call Simore (948-8207) and urge him to listen to the ASUH, UPGA, OHA and Hawaii Council of Churches request for divestment. Contacts on the leaflet include Renee Furuyama, UH Coordinator (School of Social Work); Thea Chang, HCA Hot Line; Russ Shenn, Amnesty International S. Africa Project; Darius Jonathan, African Students Assn.;  Lee Simmerer, Activist; Ron Mclean, Activist; Anson Chong, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. The leaflet discusses UH (University of Hawaii). • WHAT YOU CAN DO • 1. Congress to vote on Economic Sanctions on Tuesday • 2. UH President needs to be persuaded that shooting children and torturing prisoners cannot be condoned •
Used by permission of former members of the Hawaii Committee for Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Joel Fischer and Renee Furuyama