Proposal to STOP SOUTH AFRICAN COAL

by African Liberation Support Committee Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
About January 1975, perhaps earlier
6 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: I. Political Perspective • Introduction • A. The Southern Africa Situation • C. The Strategic Importance on South Africa • STRATEGY • TACTICS • 1. Working Class and Consumers • 2. LEGISLATION • 3. MASS ACTIVITY • 4. STUDENT MOBILIZATION • 5. MEDIA EXPOSURE • 6. LOCAL AGITATION • 7. INTERNATIONAL APPEAL • III. STRUCTURAL RECOMMENDATION • Paper presented at the Conference to stop South African coal held in Atlanta, Georgia in February 1 and 2, 1975. The conference presentation says the ALSC has identified the current epoch as the crisis of imperialism; increasingly one sees that the imperialist powers being driven out of Third World countries which has led to ever-increasing competition for markets between the imperialists; as the U.S. imperialists and their allies are driven out of the Third World, one can expect them to try and throw the burden of the crisis on the domestic working class. The conference presentation says as an anti-racist and anti-imperialist organization, the Atlanta ALSC sees the importance of mounting a campaign around the importation of South African coal. The paper says the Southern Co., which is a major southern monopoly utility, by importing South African coal is attempting to increase its profits while at the same time turning back an important environmental victory one by the people of the U.S. The conference presentation says the company claims that since it must now meet environmental standards by court action, it must get clean-burning fuel from South Africa; this is asking consumers in the U.S. to pay for the exploitation of South African miners and prop up the racist South African regime; thus, by its actions, the Southern Co. has joined the ranks of other big imperialist corporations that invest in South  Africa such as IBM, Ford, GM, Polaroid, etc. The conference presentation says South Africa plays a very important role in the plans of U.S. politicians and capitalists for economic and political control of the world; South Africa is rich in raw materials and affords imperialists the highest rate of profit per capital investments in the world; South Africa maintains a slave labor force which produces raw materials and manufactured good at very cheap coast to the capitalists which means very high profits when goods are sold. The conference presentation says the campaign to stop the importation of South Africa coal, because it is anti-imperialist, must include building support for the liberation movements of southern Africa; further, the rights of the African majority to self-determination and the dismantling of the racist South African state must be upheld. The conference presentation says the overall situation in southern Africa clearly illustrates consistent struggle between the forces of the black working class and the national liberation movements on one hand, and the white minority elements and the multi-national corporations on the other hand. The conference presentation says in 1973, the action by 25,000 Africans who refused to work nearly paralyzed the South African economy; in the following year, Ovambo workers refused to enter the Anglo-American Diamond Mine because they demanded higher wages and better social conditions, which included recognition of their union; and this year, with the strike of 12,000 African miners at the largest gold mine in South Africa, and the refusal of the Malawian government to allow her citizens to work in South Africa, and the question of the 100,000 workers in now independent Mozambique, who used to work in South African mines, will heighten the struggle between labor and capital. The conference presentation says the weakness of the "detente" policy is that the laboring classes of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa will never cease to struggle until they are able to determine the course of national liberation. The conference presentation discusses runaway shops, U.S. workers, wages, John Vorster, the Nationalist Party, Kenneth Kaunda, Julius Nyerere, ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union), SWAPO, the white political structure, Frelimo, democratic rights, Rhodesia, independence in Mozambique, and Zimbabwe revolutionary forces.
Collection: Henry Lieberg collection