Minutes, Executive Board Meeting, December 8, 1977

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, sometime after December 8, 1977 and before the next Executive Board meeting  in 1988
2 pages
Type: Meeting Minutes
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Contents: Attendance • 2. Reports • George Houser reported updates about Krugerrands, Polaroid, the bank campaign, calendar sales, literature, the Emergency Coalition for Human Rights in South Africa, American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society (ACCESS), Molefe Pheto, and a Steve Biko tape. • The board discussed a national conference, possibly focused on corporate involvement in southern Africa and actions of universities and trade unions. • 4. The board accepted the resignations of Michael Davis as treasurer and of Andrew Norman as a long-time member of the executive board. • 5. Houser, Elizabeth Landis, and William Johnston made reports on actions in Washington, the U. N., Zimbabwe, and Namibia. • 6. Prexy Nesbitt reported on the campaign for bank withdrawals and "backsliding" by some church groups. • 7. Houser reviewed a proposed ACOA policy supporting the struggle for independence by Polisario in the Western Sahara. • 8. Houser reviewed proposed guidelines for ACOA participation in coalitions and sponsorship of events. • 9. The board had previously postponed discussion of ACOA local affiliates. • The minutes mention Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Henry Kissinger, Douglas Fraser, the United Auto Workers (UAW), legislation in Congress to limit corporate involvement in South Africa, implementation of the arms embargo voted in the U.N. Security Council, South African presence (by military, police, and administrators) in possible elections in Namibia, continuing talks between SWAPO and the western "contact group," the failure of the so-called Anglo-American initiative, response of The Patriotic Front and Ian Smith's plans to negotiate with "internal" forces over the future of Zimbabwe, the Democratic Saharan Arab Republic (SADR), end to U.S. military aid to Morocco and Mauritania, U.S. involvement in exploitation of Sahara natural resources, Richard Knight, William Booth, Marshall Brown, Dorothy Hibbert, Janet Hooper, Annette Hutchins-Felder, Leonard Jeffries, William Johnston, David Lampel, Edward May, Gail Morlan, Timothy Smith, Paul Irish, Raphael Gould, and Linda Grant.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections