Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 15)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Winter 1990
3 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Canada
Language: English
Contents:  Five More Cities Declare Themselves "Shell-Free" • Shell Target of Human Rights Week • Week of Action Against Shell Called For March 18-24 • Chemical Workers Union Lambasts Shell • A Shell-Free Zone Declaration • The newsletter says city councils in Philadelphia, PA; New Haven, CT; Highland Park, NJ; Takoma Park, MD; and Vancouver, B.C., Canada, have passed resolutions boycotting Shell products until Royal Dutch/Shell withdraws from South Africa. Philadelphia enacted a bill in June, 1989 prohibiting the city from entering into contracts with firms that do business with South Africa. On December 4, 1989, the Board of Aldermen in New Haven, CT, barred the city from doing business with Royal Dutch/Shell and the Shell Oil Co. "until Royal Dutch/Shell completely withdraws from South Africa." Takoma Park, MD, resolved last May that it would be "Shell-Free" until Royal Dutch/Shell disinvests. March 18-24 will mark the Third Annual Week of Actions Against Shell to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, when 69 unarmed black South Africans were gunned down by South African security forces during a peaceful protest. The Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU) of South Africa has rated Shell the worst employer in the oil industry, based on a poll among CWIU organizers and shop stewards. Major U.S. religious, civil rights, labor and anti-apartheid organizations have responded to the call from leading South Africans to join the campaign to end apartheid and suspend business with Royal Dutch/Shell, until Royal Dutch/Shell, in consultation with its workers and their unions, disinvests from and severs all ties with South Africa. The newsletter mentions Councilman David Cohen, Baltimore, Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Allan Boesak, the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). [Note: This PDF was made from a copy of the newsletter; the issue may have more pages.]
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers