Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 17)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Summer 1990
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Language: English
Contents:  Mandela Thanks Supporters, Says To 'Keep the Pressure On’'• New York Closes Loophole On City Shell Purchases • Shell Forced To Allow Critics Time At Annual Meeting • Austin, Montreal Join List of Cities That Are "Shell-Free" • 'Celebrate 100th Anniversary By Leaving So. Africa' • Shell Suffers Major P.R. Defeat in S.F. • NJ Governor Asked to 'Get Shell Off the Turnpike' • Local Actions Drew Attention To Boycott • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • The newsletter reports on a 12-day U.S. tour by African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela. Shell will no longer be able to get around New York's ban on city purchases from firms doing business with South Africa by selling through distributors. Anti-apartheid activists from South Africa and the Netherlands addressed the Royal Dutch/Shell's annual shareholders meetings on May 17 in London and The Hague. The speakers included shop steward Bheki Nkwanyana of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU) and Denis Goldberg, Religious leaders from across the U.S. sent a joint letter to Royal Dutch/Shell urging the company to commemorate its 100th anniversary by withdrawing from South Africa. Twenty-six leaders of labor, religious, civil rights, and anti-apartheid organizations have called on New Jersey Gov. James Florio to issue an executive order prohibiting the state's Turnpike Authority from doing business with or renewing its contract with Shell. Boycott supporters in many cities both in the U.S. and overseas organized rallies and informational picketing to commemorate the June 16 anniversary of the 1976 murder of hundreds of schoolchildren by the South African military and the 100th anniversary of Royal Dutch/Shell. The newsletter mentions AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Mayor David Dinkins, Sir Peter Holmes, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Baptist Churches, Episcopal Church, Church of the Brethren, United Methodist Church, Disciples of Christ, Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), religious orders, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Mayor Art Agnos, Oakland, Service Employees Local 790, the South African Domestic Workers Union, Harry Parker, Mine Workers President Richard Trumka, the New Jersey Industrial Union Council (AFLCIO), Operating Engineers, Teachers, Communications Workers, University Professors, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW), Citizen Action, New Jersey Council of Churches, Episcopal Church, Methodist Church, American Baptist Churches, Anti-Apartheid Mobilization Coalition, Rainbow Coalition, the YWCA, United Auto Workers (UAW), President Owen Bieber, the Holland Committee on Southern Africa (Komitee Zuidelijk Afrika, KZA), United Mine Workers of America (UMW or UMWA), Shell stations, Seattle, Cleveland, and Hartford, Connecticut.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers