Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 16)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Spring 1990
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Language: English
Contents: Mandela Released: Calls for Increased Pressure on South Africa • Environmental, Anti-Apartheid Groups Join Forces Against Shell • Shell Again Denies Shareholders' Rights • Dutch Day of Action Targets Shell • Englewood, NJ Votes to Ban Shell From Turnpike • Third Annual Week of Actions Against Shell Held March 18-24 • Shell Faces Protests Against Art Show In San Francisco • SHELL OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA: KEEP THE PRESSURE ON • A Call to Action: “On June 16, Commemorate Shell's 100th Anniversary and the Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising.” The newsletter says after nearly three decades in prison,  African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990; a few weeks earlier, South African President F.W. de Klerk unbanned the ANC and other anti-apartheid organizations. These reforms and the historic initial meeting between the ANC and the South African government were brought about by the combined pressure of the internal anti-apartheid movement and the international community. During a visit to the U.S., Patrick Terror Lekota, the United Democratic Front publicity secretary, said that the U.S. must not lift sanctions now. Louisiana anti-apartheid activists joined Greenpeace and other environmental groups to protest a Shell-sponsored environmental and conservation festival in New Orleans. For the fourth year in a row, Royal Dutch Petroleum has refused to allow the American Baptist Churches U.S.A. to submit a shareholders resolution calling for a vote on Royal Dutch/Shell's withdrawal from South Africa. Activists in the Netherlands and Great Britain are once again planning protests inside and outside the Annual General Meetings of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading, the two parent companies of Royal Dutch/Shell. In preparation for the annual shareholders meeting on May 17 in the Netherlands, Dutch anti-apartheid groups held a national Day of Action Against Shell on April 28; more than 60 Shell gas stations throughout the country were targets of blockades and pickets by church groups, trade unionists, members of Parliament, and anti-apartheid activists. The first nationally coordinated Day of Action Against Shell was held in Germany; more than 1,000 people participated in several cities, including Frankfurt and Berlin. The Englewood, NJ, City Council passed a resolution on February 22, 1990 urging the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to cease doing business with Shell Oil Co. until Royal Dutch/Shell withdraws from South Africa. In another attempt to polish its tarnished image, Royal Dutch/Shell is sponsoring an art exhibit in the spring of 1991 at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The newsletter quotes from the National Party of South Africa Five Year Plan. It mentions the United Democratic Front (UDF), Bill Lucy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Carl Galmon, the Louisiana State Committee Against Apartheid, Gulf Coast Tenants Organization, Pat Bryant, the Mississippi River, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harry S. Parker, the Civil Rights Committee of SEIU (Service Employees International Union), boycotts, disinvestment, a letter to Royal Dutch Petroleum, Andy Smith, Social and Ethical Responsibility in Investments for the American Baptists, the American Baptist Church (ABC), UAW (United Auto Workers), Bill Kane, UAW Region 9, the Audubon Zoo, and Shell South Africa's chairman John Kilroe.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers