by Alan Zaslavsky
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
January 28, 1975
2 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Coal Importation in New England • The Campaign Against the Coal Imports • Research • Where Are We? • The report says, in 1973, the New England Power Company (NEPCO) signed a contract with Mannesman Pipe and Steel of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) to import 200,000 tons of low-sulfur coal from South Africa. The first shipment arrived in February 1974 at NEPCO's Brayton Point plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. A final shipment is expected within the next two months, and the company has indicated that it does not intend to import more coal from South Africa. The report says the campaign has begun slowly because of the difficulty in obtaining firm information about it. A South African spoke in support of the coal miners' strike and about the issue of coal imports at a forum in November before 120 people. A bill banning the coal imports has been introduced in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Representative Mel King on behalf of the legislative Black Caucus. The report says the real purpose of the campaign is to make contacts and do educational work with churches, labor unions, community groups (especially in the black community), the peace movement, and other forces on the left. [Note: the report apparently was sent to the Conference to Stop South African Coal held in Atlanta, Georgia February 1-2, 1975.]
Collection: Henry Lieberg collection