CORPORATE WATCH: EYE ON COKE

A FOCUS ON MULTINATIONAL CORPORATE INVESTMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
(Volume 1 Number 1)
by The Coke Campaign
with Tandi Gcabashe, Dwayne Redding
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
February 1987
5 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: THE COKE CAMPAIGN MOVES INTO 1987 • TOTAL ECONOMIC DISENGAGEMENT NOT SYMBOLIC GESTURES! • COKE CAMPAIGN DEVELOPS SPEAKERS BUREAU • FACT FINDING TEAM MEETS WITH COKE • GSU-SCAAR SUPPORTS COKE CAMPAIGN • COKE CAMPAIGN CO-SPONSORS AND ENDORSERS • THE COKE CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOU! • Order Form • The newsletter points out the contradiction between the Coca-Cola Company’s national reputation, particularly its philanthropy in the African American community, and its international role, especially in South Africa. After Coke announced plans to restructure its South African operation, a national meeting was held in Philadelphia, which included the Georgia Coalition for Divestment in South Africa, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), and the National Black United Front. Other anti-apartheid organizations, including the Washington Office on Africa (WOA) and Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, also were consulted. These groups called for total ''economic disengagement'' and ''comprehensive economic sanctions.” In December 1986, a "Fact Finding Team" met with Coke officials about its intended pullout from South Africa. The Team included William Booth, Jan Douglas, Britt Pendergrast, and the Rev. M. William Howard. The Georgia State University (GSU) Board of Regents voted to sell stocks in companies operating in South Africa, after two years of organizing by the Student Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism (SCAAR). Other Coke Campaign co-sponsors and endorsers include the Southern Africa Liberation Committee, Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism, National Lawyers Guild, National Conference of Black Organizers, New Afrikan People's Organization, Colorado Coalition vs. Apartheid, U.S. Out of Southern Africa Network, Black Student Organization for Communication, Florida State University Students Anti-Apartheid Committee, Fellowship of Reconciliation, War Resisters League, SABOC-NY, International Council of African Women, the Atlantic Committee on Latin America, ACTWU-Southern Region, and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). [Notes: 1) The Colorado Coalition vs. Apartheid is presumably the Colorado Coalition Against Apartheid. 2) The address is that of the American Friends Service Committee office in Atlanta at the time. This newsletter was digitized by Zeb Larson who provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.