by Rose Daylie, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
Undated, sometime before July 7, 1993
Publisher: Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
6 pages
Type: Speech
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Draft speech by Rose Daylie on behalf of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid for the event “LABOR WELCOMES NELSON MANDELA: An Evening of Solidarity with the People of South Africa” on July 7, 1993. The speech welcomes Nelson Mandela and representatives of the African National Congress (ANC) to Plumbers Hall. It also thanks the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Illinois State AFL-CIO, Region 1 AFL-CIO and all the unions who helped organize the rally and helped fight for the release from jail of Mandela and South African trade unionists and to bring a one person/one vote election a little bit closer. THE FIGHT FOR A NEW SOUTH AFRICA is a fight for a democratic South Africa for all. Control of land and the perpetuation of a cheap labor system has been at the core of apartheid. By the end of the 1980s, the apartheid government could no longer suppress its opposition by brute force; international sanctions had begun to hurt, general strikes were devastating, and South Africa's economy was in shambles. Political leaders were released after decades in apartheid's jails, organizations were unbanned, and many laws were lifted. This victory belongs also to those in the antiapartheid movement - many unions, churches and activists throughout the world who have kept the heat on and demonstrations at embassies, divestment campaigns on college campuses, corporate, sports and cultural boycotts, and battles for state and federal sanctions. There is hope that now the South African people will overcome the legacy of apartheid and create a truly democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, and pro-worker nation. The speech mentions 350,000 striking miners, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Council 31, economic rights, universal health care, education, public services, COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), President F.W. de Klerk, rent strikes, boycotts, a massive new Defiance Campaign, a powerful and militant labor movement, the democratic movement, negotiations, majority rule, voting rights, illiteracy, an interim government, oil, arms, the right to strike, and the constitution.

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