[Dear ACOA Supporter, Summer is usually a slack time in organizational work--a transition from spring to fall]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
September 1979
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Mailing seeking contributions/donations to the American Committee on Africa (ACOA).The mailing says summer is usually a slack time in organizational work--a transition from spring to fall. Then things are supposed to begin with a bang again in September; this is the usual pattern in financial terms, too--contributions are down for most organizations during the summer; this year for us, the general rule has been only half true; our .income fell drastically during the summer, as expected, but the pressure of work never lessened; we are faced consequently with real problems; in this letter I would like to give you a summary report on our activities and then say a word about finances. The mailing says we were fortunate in having on our staff one part-time intern in late spring and four interns over the summer; they were from Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Kalamazoo, and the University of California; they were hard-working and with their help our staff was able to prepare several new items of literature: a) a critical analysis of the Sullivan Principles (a "code of conduct'' approach to change in South Africa); b) a profile of the Fluor Corporation, which is building huge new oil-from-coal facilities for the South African government; c) a discussion of the case for divestment of stock in U.S. companies with investments in South Africa; d) an analysis of the report of South Africa's Wiehahn Commission, which resulted in cosmetic changes in labor legislation that actually strengthen rather than liberalize apartheid. The mailing says our campaign to stop financial assistance to South Africa has received a tremendous lift with the addition to the staff of Dumisani Kumalo, ois acting as coordinator of the Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa. The mailing discusses Richard Knight, Spanish Sahara, military assistance to Morocco, refugees from Western Sahara now living in Algeria, the House Subcommittee on Africa, a shipment of medicines, NBC, the U.N. Special Committee Against Apartheid, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Supreme Council of Sport in Africa, ACOA Action News, deficit, indebtedness, propaganda, and a coalition of U.S. organizations. • Economic Involvement in South Africa • Self-Determination for Western Sahara • Zimbabwe-Rhodesia • The Tate-Coetzee Heavyweight Match
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections