The Struggle Continues

by Students for Azania
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Undated, November 1986
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The leaflet says on November 7, 1986 the University of Hawaii (UH) Board of Regents (BOR) finance committee passed a motion to recommend to the full board that UH divest from all South Africa-related businesses, describing this as “a great victory for the reborn student movement on the UH campus.” The UHPA first proposed divestment to the BOR over a year and a half ago, and there was no response. Since then, many calls for divestment were made by ASUH, the Students for Azania, the Faculty Senate, UHPA, the UH NAACP, and the Coalition for Divestment. When all appeals for reason were rejected, the coalition took direct action. Shanties were built on Bachman Lawn; student activist Antonio Rosa fasted for 25 days; rallies were held calling for divestment and educating people on the oppression of the Azanians (black South Africans); marches through campus, culminating in a candle-light march of 200 people to President Simone's house on October 31With talk of a possible student takeover of Bachman Hall, the regents decided to move toward divestment. The November 7 meeting of the finance committee was “a face-saving fiasco.” Speakers signed up to speak were disregarded; instead five speakers of their choosing spoke. This included Lynn Oakley, a white tourist, while a native of South Africa was not allowed to speak. The leaflet says that several large corporations, such as IBM, Coke, GM, etc., have staged bogus pull-outs from South Africa. These corporations continue to support the South African government, and supply them with tanks, computers, etc. which are crucial to the functioning of apartheid; such companies should not be allowed to escape divestment. • END ALL U.S. COMPLICITY IN APARTHEID • AMANDLA NGAWETHU (POWER TO THE PEOPLE)
Collection: Private collection of Joel Fischer and Renee Furuyama