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: Present • Staff • 1. The meeting began at the ACOA office shortly after 6:00 p.m. • 2. Reports • George Houser reviewed items prepared by the staff with updates on the following activities: Krugerrand; 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 also discussed the issue of a national conference, George Houser suggesting that a specific focus on corporate involvement in southern Africa and actions of universities; trade unions and community groups in relation to it could be effective • 3. The finance report and proposed budget for 1978 were previously mailed to board members • 4. After discussion, the board voted to accept with thanks for his brief service the resignation of Michael Davis as treasurer and the resignation after long service of Andrew Norman as a member of the executive board • 5. George Houser, Elizabeth Landis and William Johnston contributed reports to the board updating actions in Washington, the U. N. Zimbabwe and Namibia • 6. Prexy Nesbitt reviewed his written report updating progress in the campaign for bank withdrawals and "backsliding" by a number of the church groups • 7. George Rouser reviewed reasons why ACOA should adopt four points in support of the struggle for independence by Polisario in the Western Sahara • 8. George Houser reviewed a sheet of proposed guidelines (attached) or criteria for ACOA participation in coalitions and sponsorship of events • 9. The board had previously postponed discussion of the issue of ACOA and affiliates in the country • The minutes discuss Secretary of State Cyrus Vance; Henry Kissinger; Douglas Fraser, the United Auto Workers (UAW), new legislation in Washington to limit corporate involvement in South Africa; the implementation of the arms embargo voted in the U. N. Security Council; the issue of South African military, police and administrative presence in any possible elections in Namibia; continuing discussions 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 all U. S. military assistance 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 Lampe!; Elizabeth Landis; Edward May; Gail Morlan; Timothy Smith; Paul Irish; R. W. (Prexy) Nesbitt; 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