UPCAAR February 3, 1977 Minutes

by United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, sometime after February 3, 1977
Publisher: United People's Campaign against Apartheid and Racism
2 pages
Minutes of the February 3, 1977 meeting of the United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism (UPCAAR). The group viewed "Apartheid: 20th Century Slavery" and evaluated the film and its uses. They discussed plans for a March 20 mass activity commemorating Sharpeville. The Steering Committee reported their decision to hold this event, recommended for March 20, to include a film, speaker, cultural event, UPCAAR speaker, and refreshments. It also will need to raise funds. Ali suggested the theme of “Sharpeville to Soweto – struggle for liberation.” The minutes say Ali also suggested two films: "There Is no Crisis," a new 45-minute film including interviews and making references to Sharpeville, and "Witnesses: Testimony of Apartheid" which has a re-enactment of Sharpeville and is 30 minutes long. The minutes also mention the role of U.S. imperialism, U Thant, the struggle, race war, the ANC (African National Congress), apartheid, the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, David Wiley, the Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa (MACSA), the "Action Guide," effects on the working class struggle, Union Theological Seminary, ”O Povo Organizado,” outreach, the National Student Coalition Against Racism, racist institutions in the city, demonstrations, Bill Sutherland, Septa Coalition (Coalition for better transportation in the City), CBTU, linking the struggle around transportation here and in South Africa, Devereaux United Methodist Church, an African speaker, workers, commuters, and small businessmen. 
Used by permission of a former member of United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers