COMPOSITE STAFF REPORT, DECEMBER 1960 - JANUARY 1961 for Executive Board Meeting of January 30th

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, late January 1961
3 pages
Contents:  I. Organizational matters • A. Meetings of the Steering Committee, Editorial Board, UN Committee, and Finance Committee • B. Staff reorganization: George Houser - Executive Director; Dale Harrison - Staff Associate and Editor and head of publications program; Barbara Harrison - Staff Associate, assistant to Executive Director; Catherine Raymond - assistant to Dale Harrison for literature and publications; Emma Thomas - Bookkeeper (including membership); Ethel Mingo - receptionist, switchboard operator, and assistant to Thomas; Mary Robinson - general clerk; Suzanne Seidman - Secretary to Executive Director. • II. Trip to see G. Mennen Williams • III. Washington trip • IV. Africa Freedom Day • V. A Conference on U.S. Policy Towards Africa • VI. Projects and Activities • A. Statement about Algeria signed by over 80 Americans was released at the time of the debate in the UN. • B. Houser and Betsy Landis prepared an analysis of the U.S. voting record in the UN on African items. • C. Medical care for two of the South West African petitioners was funded through the Africa Defense and Aid Fund. • D. Telegrams sent to U.S. officials urging non-interference regarding seizure of Portuguese luxury liner Santa Maria. • E. Support for Mbiyu Koinange of Kenya to receive visa to the U.S. • F. Possible speaking tour for Michael Scott and need for unrestricted visa • G. South African doctor Dr. Cassim M. Jadwat is attempting to get a stay of order for his deportation from the U.S. • H. Houser discussed with officials in Washington, D.C. granting a U.S. visa to Ferhat Abbas of the Algerian FLN (National Liberation Front). • I. Alan Paton's passport has been seized and he has been charged with publicly advocated for a boycott of South African goods while in the U.S., possibly a treasonable action. • VII. Speaking Engagements • VIII. Personalities • The report discusses the Executive Board, Peter Weiss, Frank Montero, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Senators (Church, Moss, McGee, Proxmire), Congressmen Barrett O'Hara and Charles Diggs, the House Sub-Committee on Africa, Victor Reuther of the UAW (United Automobile Workers), Jim Thompson, Chester Bowles, Frank Sieverts, Ruth Sloane, Helen Kitchen, Africa Report, Hunter College Auditorium, Carl Proctor, the United Nations General Assembly, A. Philip Randolph, Africa Today, U.S. Mission to the UN, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, pamphlets on Angola and Mozambique, Abdelkader Chanderli, Houser talks at Jewish Community Center Forum (Yonkers), the Democratic Club (Westchester), and in Westfield and Sparta, New Jersey, and meetings with N.T.D. Kanakaratne (Ceylon Mission to the UN), M. Zouhir Chelli (Tunisian delegation to the UN), John Bacon (U.S. Mission to UN), Arnold V. Kunst (Division on Non-Self-Governing Territories), H.A. Weischoff (Political Advisor to the Secretary-General), Dr. Fred Patterson (Phelphs-Stokes Fund), Irving Brown (AFL-CIO), Oscar Kambona (Tanganyika African National Union - (TANU), Senator Wayne Morse, Geoffrey Griffin (Kenya Association of Youth Centers), Howard Samuel (Amalgamated Clothing Workers), the Mwami of Ruanda, Stanley Bemba (Democratic Party of Uganda), Manuel Davenport of Colorado State University working on the Peace Corp plan of President Kennedy, Emerson Smith (Board of Social Relations of the Methodist Church). 
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa). 
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections