ACOA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING September 19, 1979

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, sometime after September 19, 1979 and before the next Executive Board meeting in December
3 pages
Type: Meeting Minutes
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Present • Staff • 1. The meeting was convened shortly after 6:00 p.m. at the offices of the Committee • 2. William Booth introduced new board members present to the executive board • 3. The minutes of the previous meeting of the board were approved as received • 4. Brief reports were received in the following areas • a. George Houser reported on the great assistance from summer interns from Harvard, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Princeton • b. A written report on new literature being produced was made by Truman Dunn, and on sales was made by Richard Knight • c. Paul Irish reviewed recent successful shipments of medicines to Namibian refugees in Angola; Saharan refugees in Algeria; Zimbabwe refugees in Mozambique, and future cooperation expected through contacts with the National Hospital Workers Union • d. George Houser reported that the initial signatories were obtained for the "Sullivan Principles" public statement • e. George Houser reported that Ena Fox, formerly with LNS news service, had taken over layout responsibilities; Josh Nessen, a graduate student with the South Africa Catalyst Project would work on campus actions as a work-study student • f. Dumisani Kumalo reported on progress in the bank campaign • g. George Houser reported that messages were sent to President Carter expressing shock that the President accepted Ambassador Young's resignation in view of his important contributions to U.S.-African relations • 4. Tilden LeMelle, treasurer, reported in brief on the financial situation • 5. Richard Lapchick, chairperson of the American Committee for Equality in Sport & Society, reported on work being done to oppose the upcoming fight in South Africa between black American John Tate and white South African Gerrie Coetzee • 6. Western Sahara • 7. Washington Scene • 8. New developments were reviewed concerning Zimbabwe and Namibia negotiations • 9. The next meeting of the board is tentatively set for Thursday, Dec. 6th • The minutes discuss M. William Howard, John Conyers, William Booth, Franklin Williams, Wyatt Tee Walker, Craig Howard, ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), the research program, Paul Walker, bookkeeping, the Lutheran Coalition on Southern Africa, Clergy & Laity Concerned, a  message of condolence, the MPLA, the Angolan U.N. Mission, the death of President Agostinho Neto, a shortage of cash, payroll, Bob Arum, NBC Sports, a demonstration, a meeting, the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, independent African athletes, television rights, withhold interviews of African athletes at the Olympics, a demonstration outside NBC-New York, openly end any restrictions on Morocco’s use of U.S. arms in Western Sahara, a letter to the editor of the New York Times, testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, counter-insurgency aircraft and helicopters, Congressman Solarz, unseen moves within Congress to drop sanctions against Rhodesia, a military appropriations bill in the Senate, right-wing armed services committee members, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Melvin Price, Secretary of Defense Brown, Secretary of State Vance, protest, Senator Stennis, Congressman Price, the Washington Office on Africa, settlement talks going on in London, the Mozorewa camp, Bishop Muzorewa, the Patriotic Front, ZANU, ZAPU, a U.N. settlement for Namibia, SWAPO, the front-line states, detention, escalation of the war, northern Namibia, Annette Hutchins-Felder, William Johnston, Elizabeth Landis, Edgar Lockwood, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), Marvin Rich, Adelaide Schulkind, Marshall Brown, Josephine Buck-Jones, Dorothy Hibbert, Edward May, Jay Jacobson, Stephanie Urdang, Gail Morlan, S. Garry Oniki, Michael Davis, David Lampel, Jennifer Davis, and COBLSA (Campaign Against Bank Loans to South Africa).
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections