STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, second half of 1985?
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The document says the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement is a local, broad-based grouping of men and women - members of community, labor, religious, political, peace, youth and student movements - who are determined to change the United States government policies supportive of the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. The document says we are a multi-racial group seeking to be firmly based in the Black community, and strongly allied with the organized trade union movement, especially the rank and file; we view our work on economic links between the United States and South Africa as an important contribution to the momentum of the growing national Free South Africa Movement; we fully support the liberation movements and the trade union movement of South Africa, and recognize that these movements are part of the international peoples' struggle for world peace and justice. The document says on November 23, 1984, the longshoremen of the ILWU Local 10 refused to unload South African cargo in the port of San Francisco; the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement was originally launched to give public support to the actions of those longshoremen; since that time, BAFSAM has been working with the community to organize events and channel the growing public outrage over the racist policies of the South African government, and the Reagan policy of "constructive engagement” that encourages it. The document says the present focus of BAFSAM includes working with the Oakland Port Commission to encourage them to refuse to accept cargo of South African origin, and initiation of boycotts against banks and businesses supportive of the South African regime. The document discusses the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the "Red Ribbon Campaign", history, the Oakland-Berkeley Rainbow Coalition, informational tables at shopping centers, the Black community, an International Women s Day rally, a Children's Demonstration, IBM (International Business Machines), the technology the South African government needs to maintain its racist practices, organizing, a BAFSAM Student Network at East Bay community colleges, UC (University of California, Berkeley), San Francisco State University, Cal-State Hayward (California State University, Hayward), the April 20 Mobilization, a cultural observation of South African Women's Day on August 9, the Church of All Faiths, BAFSAM/Peace Navy boat blockade of the ship carrying South African goods at San Francisco, Pier 80, lobbying, divestment legislation, the City of Oakland, the West-Coast Campaign to Stop South African Trade, trade unionists, church , community and progressive organizations, a coast-wide boycott of South African cargo, chair, ,John George, coordinators, Lorenzo Carlisle, Franklin Alexander, and Willia Gray.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers