[Dear Representative AuCoin: As a group of volunteers, Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom (POSAF), whose primary focus has been the cultural boycott of artists/entertaine'rs who have gone to South Africa, ...]

by Benjamin M. Priestly, Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom
Portland, Oregon, United States
December 20, 1984
2 pages
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Copy of a letter to Representative Les AuCoin asking what role AuCoin will play regarding recent events in South Africa. Will he respond to detentions of outspoken South Africans, as are members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other white members of Congress? Will he join colleagues in demonstrations in Washington? Will he take the lead in closing the South African honorary consulate in Oregon? Regarding political detentions, Kate Philip, who was a high school exchange student in three Portland area schools in 1978-79, was recently detained in South Africa. She was released and then she spoke publicly in Durban, South Africa, which makes her subject to arrest again. Members of her host families immediately called and wrote letters to South Africa and the U.S. State Department protesting her detention. The Rev. Allan Boesak of South Africa, who visited Oregon this year, is under investigation by the South African government. The letter mentions Wayne Morse, Vietnam, Nelson Mandela, and Walter Sisulu.
Used by permission of former members of Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers