ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVITIES IN HAWAII: SUMMARY AND PROSPECTS

by Hawaii Committee for Africa
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
March 1986
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet says the Hawaii Committee for Africa, a grassroots group interested in social justice in South Africa, coordinated a week of public information activities in September and October 1986, that included two lunch hour forums at the University of Hawaii Campus Center attended by over 250 people, a Divestment Dance at the off-campus Wesley Center that drew over 150 participants, and lobbying for a City Council resolution designating Oct. 13 Anti-Apartheid Day in Honolulu; over 180 people turned out for an Anti-Apartheid demonstration in support of the resolution; Hawaii Alliance volunteers assisted in making many of the signs which were picked up by three of the four TV stations. The leaflet says since October, activity was focused on a campaign to persuade unions and pension fund managers to remove funds invested in corporations doing business in South Africa; in Hawaii, about $117 million of the government workers’ pension funds are invested in corporations doing business in South Africa; this is only 2% of the total book value of pension fund investments; to date groups that have taken a strong stand for divestment include the HSTA (teacher’s union), UHPA (UH professor’s union), the Hawaii Council of Churches, the Episcopal Ministry and the United Church of Christ Conference. The leaflet says Anti-Apartheid resolutions have been adopted by the United Nations Association, Hawaii Division; the YWCA, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The leaflet says for the Martin Luther King, Jr. national memorial day celebration on January 20, 1986, the Hawaii Committee for Africa sponsored a group carrying the message "Free South Africa - Abolish Apartheid" in the parade which ran from Ft. DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. The leaflet says activities planned for 1986 National Weeks of Anti-Apartheid Action: 1. March 21, 1986, Friday, demonstration commemorating the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa 2. March 24, 1986, Monday, Anti-Apartheid Groups join with Central American Solidarity Groups marking the anniversary of the brutal assassination of El Salvador's Catholic Archbishop Romero. 3. March 29, 1986, Saturday, Divestment Dance to benefit South African and Namibian refugees. 4. April 4, 1986, Friday, National Divestment Protest Day, marking the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death.
Used by permission of former members of the Hawaii Committee for Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Joel Fischer and Renee Furuyama