REMEMBER THE STUDENTS OF SOWETO - SAVE PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS

by United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, about early June 1977
Publisher: United People's Campaign against Apartheid and Racism
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Leaflet about June 18 march on First Pennsylvania Bank. More than 250 U.S. corporations have investments in South Africa totaling about $1.6 billion. In both South Africa and the U.S. these corporations uphold racism and benefit from it. In South Africa, the corporations can make large profits by paying below-poverty wages to Blacks. Banks that lend money to South Africa make a profit, too; U.S. banks have lent well over $2 billion in the past year-and-a-half to prop up the South African government. In Philadelphia, First Pennsylvania Bank is a major lender to South Africa, having lent over $16 million. This bank also has demanded that the public schools cut their programs so the bank receives the interest on its loans. The cuts mean that close to 10,000 school employees will lose their jobs, some schools will be closed, kindergarten will be eliminated, and $173 million in programs and services will be lost. People are urged to support action on June 20 sponsored by the Save Our Schools Committee. Chants on the leaflet include: REMEMDER THE STUDENTS OF SOWETO - END APARTHEID NOW!; REMEMBER THE CHILDREN OF PHILADELPHIA - $TOP THE CUTBACKS NOW!; FIRST PENNSYLVANIA, BANKS ON RACISM!; NO MORE CUTBACKS - SAVE OUR SCHOOLS! THEY SAY THERE'S NO MONEY BUT WE'RE NO FOOLS, TAKE THE MONEY FROM SOUTH AFRICA AND PUT IT IN OUR SCHOOLS!; HEY JOHN BUNTING, WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY SCHOOLS DID YOU CLOSE TODAY?; HEY JOHN BUNTING, WHO ELECTED YOU? YOU LEND TO SOUTH AFRICA, AND CLOSE DOWN OUR SCHOOLS!; FROM SOWETO TO PHILADELPHIA - END RACISM NOW!; and U.S. OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA - END APARTHEID NOW!. The leaflet mentions Continental Bank, the Board of Education, parents, Harrisburg, and students of Soweto.
Used by permission of a former member of United People's Campaign Against Apartheid and Racism.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers