Report by Kathy Devine, Coordinator
by Kathy Devine, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
July 16, 1993
Publisher: Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
1 page
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English

Reflections on Nelson Mandela’s visit to Chicago on July 7, 1993. For many, "Labor Welcomes Nelson Mandela to Chicago" was like being a witness to history; over the years. It was an honor for Illinois unions to welcome Mandela and to further the cause of freedom. When Mandela and political prisoners were released from jail, they did not retreat, nor bend, nor hate. Mandala's organization, the African National Congress, was once banned not only in South Africa but also in many countries, including our own. Yet now, ANC leaders are treated like heads of state all over the world. More importantly perhaps for labor unions, the backbone of the democratic movement in South Africa is organized labor; unions there have won labor law reform and economic battles despite apartheid, and they have been a source of pride to unions around the world. Mandela speaks softly, but carries a big stick: the organized working people of South Africa. It is a proud day for organized labor to welcome Mandela to our union hall and our city. [Note: This document was most likely copied onto Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid letterhead.]

Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers