Southern Africa, American Workers: What's the Connection?

Three Programs from UPCAAR Put It Together:
by United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, probably about May 1977
Publisher: United People's Campaign against Apartheid and Racism
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Mozambique, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Leaflet advertising three programs by UPCAAR at the Germantown Community Presbyterian Church: INSIDE SOUTH AFRICA: LIFE UNDER APARTHEID with the film "Last Grave at Dimbaza" on June 4, 1977; THE FIGHT FOR LIBERATION with the film "A Luta Continua" on July 9; and BUILDING A NEW COUNTRY with the film "O Povo Organizado" on August 6. The leaflet quotes Samora Machel. The leaflet says South Africa jails two million people every year for not having their pass books in order, strikes are illegal, and families are broken up by forced migrant labor. U.S. corporations have $2 billion invested at a very high rate of profit in the forced labor system of South Africa. The U.S. government has done its best diplomatically to protect the profitability of South Africa, a profitability based on apartheid - that is, on racism; when there have been economic and political crises in South Africa, U.S. banks and corporations have thrown the racist government life savers of new investment and loans. The leaflet says for 300 years foreign countries have exploited southern Africa for its natural resources; colonial armies forced Africans to work in mines and on plantations. The leaflet says South Africa has launched a multi-million-dollar propaganda campaign in the U.S.; and the U.S. press controlled by big business has given it free assistance. The leaflet says UPCAAR needs to educate ourselves about the situation in South Africa and what it means to U.S. workers. UPCAAR also believes we can have an impact on supporting African people in South Africa and help ourselves in the long run. UPCAAR invites people to a three-part series of education meetings, with films, speakers from South Africa, and cultural events, to present a working people's viewpoint on South Africa. The leaflet includes images of corporate logos of Chemical Bank, Bethlehem Steel, Esso, Ford, GM (General Motors), and Union Carbide. The leaflet also mentions U.S. soldiers, GE (General Electric), infant mortality, unemployment, cheap labor, racism, Black workers in the U.S., job security, wages and the struggle of workers in Africa. • Apartheid Hurts All of US • WILL U.S. TROOPS FIGHT TO DEFEND SOUTH AFRICA? • WHITE WOBKERS AND SOUTH AFRICA • SOUTH AFRICA IS TRYING TO BUY OUR GOOD WILL
Used by permission of a former member of United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers