[Dear Brother Bruton, The City of Chicago will host South African leader NELSON MANDELA …]

by Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid
Forest Park, Illinois, United States
June 17, 1993
1 page
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Copy of a letter to Michael Bruton, Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago Federation of Labor signed by Jack Parton, Director, District 31, USWA and Bill Stewart, Director, Region 4, USA. The letter says the City of Chicago will host South African leader NELSON MANDELA on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 6 and 7. Although time is short, we know that every union will want to be part of this historic visit; we look forward to the CFL and all affiliates joining the welcome of Nelson Mandela at the labor fundraising rally on the evening of July 7 at Plumbers Hall, 1340 West Washington, Chicago. The letter says unions and the democratic movement in South Africa need our help now; every union whose check is received by July 2 will be listed as a rally sponsor; seating is limited, and admission tickets will be distributed as checks are received. The letter says several unions have already given $5,000 each; we expect many affiliates to make similar contributions; a representative of each union donating $5,000 and over will have a special opportunity to meet with Nelson Mandela. The letter says checks should be made payable to DEMOCRACY FOR SOUTH AFRICA, and sent to: Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, % IAM District 8, 1225 South Harlem, Forest Park, IL 60130. The letter says we are all proud of the role that unions have long played in the movement to free South Africa, and expect to greet Nelson Mandela in Chicago with a rousing salute and tangible support! [Note: presumably this letter was sent to a number of unions in the Chicago area.]
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers