Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 10)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, early 1988
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Language: English
Contents: ACTIONS PLANNED MARCH 19-26 • TV Viewers Learn About Boycott • Report from Australia… 'Shell Under Siege' • FUEL FOR THOUGHT • Rep. Wise's Bill Aims To Cut Off Oil • City of Seattle Asks Shell Withdrawal • International Pressure Continues To Build • Shell Leader Shares Vision For Future • Dutch University Takes Back Shell Exec's Award • Teamsters Back Boycott • The Boycott On Video • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIAL • The newsletter says Shell boycott supporters throughout the nation are planning actions for the week of March 19-26; the actions are timed to commemorate the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre; on March 21, 1960, 69 people were gunned down by South African security police during a peaceful protest against the apartheid system. The newsletter says local coalitions also will use the Week of Action to unveil a new series of radio spots featuring well-known entertainers and athletes endorsing the boycott; local groups interested in helping to get the radio ads on the air should contact the Boycott Shell Campaign. The newsletter says coordinated activities in March can help lay the groundwork for campaigns this year to persuade cities and states to stop using Shell products, the call for action noted; on a Sunday morning shortly before the Iowa presidential caucuses, the voters, candidates, and reporters covering the campaign woke up to see a program featuring the Shell boycott on a major network affiliate; meanwhile, a church group in New Hampshire was showing the same program to voters before that state's primary. The newsletter says and in cities and towns throughout the South, where another round of early primaries was scheduled, TV stations also were showing "The American Connection," a half-hour public affairs documentary which highlights working Americans telling why they're involved in the Shell boycott. The newsletter says this cartoon on the cover of the Danish General Workers Union magazine is just one example of international reaction to the secret plan commissioned by Shell Oil Co. for fighting the boycott; the plan, developed by consultants Pagan International, recommended attempts to sweet talk boycott supporters while the Shell companies continue to fuel the apartheid system. The newsletter says legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Wise (D-WV) would impose severe penalties on Shell and other oil companies that do business with South Africa; the bill, H.R. 3317, would require U.S.-based oil companies to divest South African holdings within 12 months; to make sure there is no loophole for European-based companies like Royal Dutch/Shell, the bill would prohibit any oil company which refines, stores, transports, or distributes crude or refined petroleum products in South Africa from acquiring new U.S. federal coal, oil, or gas leases; Shell Oil, as a subsidiary of Royal Dutch/Shell, makes heavy use of those federal leases and would be severely affected by that provision. The newsletter says the mayor and city council of Seattle joined in a resolution Dec. 28 which says that "the involvement of Royal Dutch/Shell in the Republic of South Africa and Namibia is declared unacceptable to the City of Seattle." The newsletter says the international Boycott Shell campaign has now spread to 14 industrialized countries, with anti-apartheid coalitions in Finland and New Zealand the latest to launch boycott activities; the international Boycott Shell campaign has now spread to 14 industrialized countries, with anti-apartheid coalitions in Finland and New Zealand the latest to launch boycott activities. The newsletter says Holland's prestigious Delft Technical University has withdrawn plans to award an honorary doctoral degree to Royal Dutch/Shell President L.C. van Wachem, citing the company's practice of fueling South Africa's apartheid system; the university's ruling council, in voting to reverse plans to award the degree, cited a 1979 policy resolution against entering into or promoting relations with South Africa; Van Wachem is a graduate of Delft, and many of Shell's top managers have been educated there. The newsletter says the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has officially urged its 1.7 million members to actively participate in the Shell boycott. The newsletter includes excerpts from articles in the Miami Herald, the Birmingham News, the United Paperworkers International Union newspaper, the International Woodworkers of America newspaper and the Tampa Tribune. The newsletter discusses a letter to boycott supporters, UAW President Owen Bieber, Mine Workers President Richard Trumka, the UAW (United Auto Workers), the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Shell gasoline, heating oil, of Shell credit cards, Shell Australia, demonstrations, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, phone campaigns, letter-writing campaigns directed at Shell dealers, the African National Congress (ANC), an international conference, Bill Lucy, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Gretchen Eick, the United Church of Christ, Vera Brown, schoolteacher, Birmingham, Alabama, and a 9-minute slide show/video, "Stop Apartheid, Boycott Shell". 
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers