$TOP BANKING ON APARTHEID: WITNESS for South Africa

by Stop Banking on Apartheid, Witness for South Africa
California, United States
Undated, 1982?
2 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Europe, Germany
Language: English
The report gives the history of $top Banking on Apartheid's work within the Department of Human Rights of the Northern California Ecumenical Council. $top Banking on Apartheid (SBOA) was formed in 1977 by Californians in response to pleas by major black organizations and religious groups within South Africa asking the international community to stop investing in South Africa until apartheid had been dismantled. SBOA has become the Northern California source of information on conditions in South Africa, positions of South African religious and secular organizations, economic relationships between the U.S. and South Africa, and actions that can be taken to help dismantle apartheid and stop bank loans to South Africa. SBOA unites religious, labor, community, student, civic and legislative communities in a common focus on California banks’ lending to South Africa. The injustices of South Africa's apartheid system have long been a concern of religious organizations; in the last five years, many national and regional denominational bodies, in addition to numerous congregations, have passed resolutions as one form of witness against apartheid and U.S. corporate involvement in South Africa. In 1979, SBOA formed a Religious Focus Group to work within the different denominations at the local level. Also, to solidify our religious base and link our common concerns, SBOA joined with four affiliated agencies of the Northern California Ecumenical Council to form the Department of Human Rights in 1981. In response to the increasing demands from congregations and individuals, SBOA established its Working Interfaith Taskforce for New Expressions of Social Service (WITNESS) for South Africa, which has two components: General Education and Direct Relations with congregations in South Africa and Europe. Much of the economic support for South Africa comes from Western Europe, especially in the form of bank loans. The report mentions the South African Council of Churches (SACC), bursary assistance for students, contact with black women's self-help projects, South African seminarians, strategic minerals, uranium, coal, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Federal Republic of Germany, human rights, peace with justice, Africa Resource Center, spiritual and material support, and racism. [Note: this report was most likely produced by Stop Banking on Apartheid in Oakland or WITNESS for South Africa in San Francisco.]

Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers