MAYORS CALL FOR SHELL TO LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

by United Mine Workers of America
Washington, DC, United States
March 21, 1988
2 pages
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The statement says we, the undersigned mayors hereby call on the Royal Dutch/Shell Group to cut all its ties with South Africa, including the withdrawal of its subsidiaries from South Africa and Namibia; we make this call based on the fact that Royal Dutch/Shell's continued investments in South Africa and Namibia help to maintain the oppressive system of apartheid. The statement says we are aware of the fact that Shell has publicly renounced the apartheid system and the company has introduced a number of social programs in South Africa. The statement says however, these actions are negated by Shell's active strategic support for the South African government and economy, including the company's supply of petroleum products to the South African military and police, and mining industries in South Africa; provision of capital and technology to the petroleum, chemical, and mining industries in South Africa; export of coal from South Africa, thereby providing foreign exchange to the South African government. The statement says our request for Shell's withdrawal from South Africa and Namibia is inspired by the plea for economic sanctions and disinvestment made by the organizations of the black majority of those countries, including the African National Congress, the Southwest African Peoples Organization, the United Democratic Front, the South African Council of Churches, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, and the National Council of Trade Unions. The statement says our request that Shell should withdraw from South Africa and Namibia arises from our abhorrence of racism and oppression and our conviction that these evils should be combatted wherever they appear; we hope our call will serve as a stimulus for Shell's board of directors to decide to break all ties with the South African regime. U.S. signatories are Mayor Jerry Abramson, Louisville, Kentucky; Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr., Birmingham, Alabama; Mayor Scotty Baesler, Lexington, Kentucky; Mayor Thomas Barnes, Gary, Indiana; Mayor Marion Barry, Jr., Washington, D.C.; Mayor James Blakey, Jr., East Palo Alto, California; Mayor Thomas Bradley, Los Angeles, California; Mayor Henry Cisneros, San Antonio, Texas; Mayor Raymond Flynn, Boston, Massachusetts; Mayor Donald Fraser, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mayor Wilbur Gulley, Durham, North Carolina; Mayor Loni Hancock, Berkeley, California; Mayor Sharpe James, Newark, New Jersey; Mayor John Laird, Santa Cruz, California; Mayor Terry McKane, Lansing, Michigan; Mayor Federico Pena, Denver, Colorado; Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry Hartford, Connecticut; Mayor Charles Royer, Seattle, Washington; Mayor Bernard Sanders, Burlington, Vermont; Mayor Lottie Shackelford, Little Rock, Arkansas; Mayor Lionel Wilson, Oakland, California; Mayor Andrew Young, Atlanta, Georgia; and Mayor Coleman A. Young, Detroit, Michigan. The statement discusses the African National Congress (ANC), the Southwest Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO), the United Democratic Front (UDF), the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the National Council of Trade Unions (NCTU). [Note: Bernard Sanders is commonly known as Bernie Sanders.]
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers