AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BANK OF AMERICA

California, United States
April 20, 1977
2 pages
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Chile
Language: English

The open letter from concerned members of the religious community of Northern California expressed sadness about the violence by the governments in South Africa and Chile against their own people. These undemocratic regimes are disregarding the human rights of their citizens. In Chile, since the September 11, 1973 coup, the military junta has abolished the democratic constitution; prohibited all political activity; and imprisoned, jailed and tortured more than 100,000 persons of whom 4,000 are still imprisoned. More than 2,000 have been kidnapped by the intelligence services and are held incommunicado. In South Africa, the racist minority regime denies full political rights to the black majority of 20 million, condemning them to slave labor wages, no access to organizing their own trade unions, an increasing infant mortality rate - in short, the economic and cultural genocide of the black population. The signers express special concern about the role of the Bank of America, which, in 1976, was a major participant in massive U.S. loans to the governments of South Africa and Chile. The letter discusses massive U.S. loans to the governments of South Africa and Chile, the Vorster regime, the junta of the Chilean generals, and basic human and political rights. Signers of the letter are Rev. Ivan J. Ball, Jr., Pastor, Calvary United Methodist Church, San Francisco; Rev. Richard O. Bass, Pastor, Beebe Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Oakland; Sr. Chris Bennett, United East Oakland Clergy; Jacquelyn K. Boyette, Director, Western Addition YWCA; Rev. Amos C. Brown, Pastor, Third Baptist Church, San Francisco; Rev. John Pairman Brown, Executive Director, Northern California Ecumenical Council; Montford Cardwell, Board of Directors, San Francisco Council of Churches; Rev. John R. Deckenback, Associate Conference Minister, Northern California Conference United Church of Christ; Rev. Michael H. Dunn, President, United East Oakland Clergy; Aaron Gilmartin, President, Pacific Central District, Unitarian Universalist Association; Rev. Glenda B. Hope, Pastor, Genesis Church, San Francisco; Rev. Karl Irvin, Jr., Regional Minister, President, Christian Church, Northern California-Nevada; Rev. Mineo Katagiri, Conference Minister, Northern California Conference, United Church of Christ; Donneter E. Lane, President, San Francisco Council of Churches; Rev. John H. Lane, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, San Francisco; Rev. Charles W. Larsen, Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Norman E. Leach, D.Min., Program Administrator, San Francisco Council of Churches; Rev. Hector Lopez, Executive Director, Joint Strategy and Action Commission; Sr. Emily Marie McKernan, SNJM, Provincial Treasurer, Sisters of the Holy Names; Sr. Mary Mardel, Provincial, California Province, Society of the Sacred Heart; Rev. Davie Napier, President, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley; Rev. John A. Nasstrom, Lutheran pastor, Oakland; Rev. Mike Prokes, Associate Minister, Peoples' Temple, San Francisco; Rev. Herman O. Riley, Presiding Elder, Oakland District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; Rev. H.R. Robinson, Pastor, Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. R. Vaughn Smith, Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church and Melrose United Methodist Church, Oakland; Rev. Willis J. Tobor, Hillside United Presbyterian Church, East Oakland Clergy; Sr. M. Cyril Tohms, O.S.U., Ursuline Western Province, U.S.A.; Rev. Dr. A.C. Ubalde, Jr., Pastor, Bethany United Methodist Church, San Francisco; and Rev. Monroe Woods, Jr., Missionary Temple, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. (Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)

Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers