LABOR WELCOMES NELSON MANDELA TO CHICAGO: A Fundraising Rally for Democracy in South Africa

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
Undated, early July 1993
4 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Document about a fundraising rally with Nelson Mandela at Plumbers Hall in Chicago on April 7, 1993 sponsored by the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid. Co-Sponsors are AFL-CIO, Region 1, Illinois State and Chicago Federation, and local affiliates of 30 international unions. Contacts are Steve Trossman, Director of Public Affairs, AFSCME, Council 31, and Kathy Devine, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). The cover document summarizes the historical significance of the negotiations in South Africa and the upcoming election there, in which the labor movement will play in important role. Also, it discusses the important links between the South African labor movement and the labor movement in the U.S. Nelson Mandela's visit to the heart of the U.S. labor movement, Illinois, represents an important symbol for the workers of the mid-west. The document also includes NELSON MANDELA CHICAGO VISIT -- BACKGROUND INFORMATION and BACKGROUND OF THE ILLINOIS LABOR NETWORK AGAINST APARTHEID, which lists all participating unions in the Labor Network. The Labor Network has conducted labor education programs focused on apartheid tyranny, internal resistance, labor, solidarity and what local unions here can do; mobilized support for Mandatory, Comprehensive Economic Sanctions and Responsible Disinvestment; targeted companies that have violated the rights of South African workers; worked against the repression of trade unions and for the release of jailed trade unionists; hosted South African union and community leaders; and maintained pressure on the South African Consulate and elected public officials in Illinois. The document also mentions the African National Congress (ANC), COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), U.S. and multinational corporations, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa (CCISSA), and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers