MINUTES OF THE BOARD MEETING OF THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON AFRICA Held at 198 Broadway, 4:30 pm, March 23, 1983

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after March 23, 1983 and before the next Executive Board meeting on May 26, 1983
4 pages
Contents: Attendance • I. The Current Situation • Jennifer Davis reviewed failure of progress on Namibia, South Africa's increased regional aggression, and internal difficulties faced by the front line States exacerbated by South Africa’s destabilization. • Jerry Herman reported on the NGO meeting with Robert Mugabe. • Jean Sindab referred to letter from Ted Lockwood about more than 100,000 displaced persons in Angola. • Elizabeth Landis discussed a recent European Economic Community (EEC) resolution designed to "aid refugees" in Namibia while ignoring SWAPO. • Bill Johnston pointed out misinformation about southern Africa, such as a ceasefire that Angolan Foreign Minister Paulo Jorge had disavowed. • II. A. The Divestment Campaign • B. Student Report • C. Namibia Institute • D. Material Aid • E. Washington Report • F. Research Report • G. International Concerns • H. Other Business • I. Board • J. Finance • The minutes say 25 states and 20 cities had introduced divestment legislation; South Africa had hired a new lobbyist, Steward Spencer, a close Reagan campaign aide, and companies are planning joint strategies. Work on sports and cultural boycott continues, as do efforts to get asylum for Dennis Brutus. Tim Smith circulated a letter from the American Chamber of Commerce opposing the Orderly Movement Bill in South Africa, on grounds that it would strengthen the divestment movement! The minutes mention recent talks by South African security and military officials, Southern Sun Corporation, Lee Ferris, Mass Divest, the Legislative Conference, the DC divestment bill, the Sullivan Principles, the play by Selaelo Maredi, National Armband Day, appropriation for Namibia Institute, Namibian refugees, medical equipment, clothing, Western Sahara refugees, the campaign against nuclear collaboration with South Africa, Gail Hovey, the pamphlet on U.S. involvement in Namibia, meeting on Solidarity with the Front Line States in Lisbon, the Paris Conference on Namibia, William Booth, William Johnston, Dorothy Hibbert, Jennifer Garvey, Josephine Buck-Jones, Richard Lapchick, Peter Weiss, Stephanie Urdang, Leonard Jeffries, Tilden LeMelle, Richard Knight, Dumisani Kumalo, Paul Irish, the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections