THE ILLINOIS LABOR NETWORK, 1987-1992

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
Undated, early 1993?
3 pages

The chronology says discussions began in 1987 among labor and anti-apartheid activists in Illinois about forming a coalition similar to the NY Labor Committee Against Apartheid, and a successful founding meeting was held in November. The chronology lists numerous internal, organizational plans and public actions organized or supported by the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid (ILNAA) during 1988-1992. Actions included picketing the South African Ambassador's first visit to the Midwest, organized 8,000 petitions in support of Moses Mayekiso, March 19 Sharpeville demonstration, action that resulted in American National Bank voting its shares of Shell stock in favor of shareholder action as part of the Shell Boycott, a labor education conference, hosted several labor leaders in Chicago area (including Nomonde Ngubo, Thami Skenjani, Khumbu Mtinjana, David Dlali) a Soweto Day protest, lobbying members of Congress on the Comprehensive Sanctions Bill and the Chicago City Council on its sanctions resolution, promoting union resolutions on South Africa, sponsoring Soweto Day Rally for Sanctions, the first Soweto Day Walkathon, testified in support of Chicago/Alexandra Sister Community Project, actions against Maremont Corp. (because its subsidiary in South Africa, Gabriel Shock Absorbers, fired workers after a labor dispute), actions against Ford Motor Company, Union Days at the Museum with the DuSable Museum of African American History, the annual "Sing Out Against Apartheid" at South African consulate on Martin Luther King’s birthday, South African Women's Day events, and facilitated Chicago's participation in the Nelson & Winnie Mandela U.S. freedom tour. The document identifies local and national unions with which ILNAA worked and South African unions with which it had relationships.

Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers