by Southern Africa Support Project
Washington, DC, United States
Summer 1983
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
Language: English
Contents: SASP AND D.C. COMMUNITY RAISED $14,000 DURING NAMIBIA WEEK III • SWAPO WINS A NEW APPROACH TO NAMIBIA’S INDEPENDENCE • D.C. DIVESTMENT BILL 5-18 GAINS MOMENTUM • SASP CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY • DID YOU KNOW? • I WANT TO HELP. WHAT CAN I DO? • WHAT IS SASP? • The newsletter reports that, on May 22, 1983, SWAPO's President Sam Nujoma arrived in New York for the United Nations Security Council debate on Namibia. SWAPO's objective was to remove the Western 5 Contact Group from its self-appointed role as negotiator of Namibia's independence. (The Contact group, led by the U.S., also includes South Africa's allies of France, Canada, Britain and West Germany.) The Reagan Administration opposes SWAPO leading an independent Namibia and had held up Namibian independence by insisting on a “linkage” policy under which all Cuban troops must be withdrawn from Angola before a Namibian settlement could be reached. The Cuban troops were invited into Angola by its government to help fight back South Africa's attacks. The newsletter says a petition drive has been launched by the D.C. Divestment Coalition to supporting Bill 5-18 which would prohibit investment of public funds in institutions or companies doing business or making loans to South Africa. The newsletter discusses the U.N. Secretary General, U.N. Resolution 435, TransAfrica, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), the Committee for a Free South Africa, the D.C. Retirement Board, Riggs Bank, Secretary of State George Schultz, Namibian refugees in Angola and Zambia, Congress, divestment campaigns in Michigan and Philadelphia, a STRIKE FORCE, WHUR, WPFW Radio, WOOK, demonstrations against U.S. support for loans to South Africa by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), U.S. corporate investment in South Africa, picketing the White House to protest the execution of three members of the African National Congress (ANC), the Lesotho massacre, medical and educational supplies, the World Council of Churches, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and armed struggle to force South Africa to the negotiation table.
Used by permission of former members of Southern Africa Support Project.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root