[Dear Friend, Apartheid allies in Congress and in the right-wing conservative movement are moving quickly to gain strong Congressional support for an anti-Angola/pro-South Africa agenda.]

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
June 15, 1987
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Angola, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Cuba
Language: English
Mailing consisting of a cover letter and an Action Alert. The mailing says apartheid allies in Congress and in the right-wing conservative movement are moving quickly to gain strong Congressional support for an anti-Angola/pro-South Africa agenda. The mailing says the objectives of their campaign have been: 1. To increase U.S. political and military support for UNITA, 2. to impose sanctions on Angola, and 3. to discredit the Angolan government by condemning it for alleged human rights violations and the presence of Cuban troops in the country. The mailing says since repeal of the Clark amendment in 1985, the pro-UNITA/pro-South Africa forces have successfully gained .Administration support for aid to the Pretoria-backed UNITA rebels in Angola; the United States also continues to deny the Angolan government diplomatic recognition, joining South Africa alone in this policy; within the past month, this pattern of right-wing success against Angola has continued. On May 21, 1987, for example, the Senate approved (94-0) Senator DeConcini's resolution condemning Angola for "human rights violations" and calling for an end to U.S. trade with Angola. The mailing says the Dole bill calls for an end to all U.S. trade with Angola, and certain trade restrictions on Cuba; the U.S. is Angola's largest trading partner, receiving 80% of all Angolan exports. The mailing says it is vital that we mobilize all our efforts to oppose the Dole bill; we must blunt the conservative offensive against the peoples of southern Africa; please copy and circulate the enclosed action alert as widely as possible to your anti-apartheid network, church, labor union or other group; follow up with phone calls to urge people to contact their legislators to say "Nol" to sanctions against Angola and "No!" to aid to UNITA. The Action Alert asks people to write or phone their senators immediately and urge them to oppose S.1228 and all other attempts to impose sanctions against Angola; tell their senators that you are outraged at the unanimous passage of the DeConcini amendment, oppose aid to UNITA and support the normalization of U.S. relations with Angola; visit your legislators' home offices to lobby against anti-Angola bills; and organize demonstrations to protest against S.1228. The mailing discusses S. 1228, Senator Robert Dole, Bob Dole, the Trade Bill, the Senate floor, Senator Chiles, Senator Hollings, Senator Symms, U.S oil companies, Angolan oil exports to the U.S., the Carter Administration, the Reagan Administration, the South African-backed UNITA rebels, Cuban troops, right wing attacks, Senator DeConcini, a trade ban on Angola, Representative Dannemeyer, and Representative McCollum.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root