by Material Aid Campaign for ZANU
New York, New York, United States
Undated, Fall 1982?
8 pages
Contents: FLNC ADVANCES PEOPLE'S WAR IN THE CONGO • PAC BUILDS AZANIAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY & PEOPLE’S WAR • FREE THE ANTI-SPRINGBOK 5 • ZIMBABWE MOBILIZES TO STOP IMPERIALIST ATTACKS • MEDICAL CAMPAIGN IN SOLIDARITY WITH FLNC • AZANIA SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION ATTACKED BY POLICE • New Material Available from the Material Aid Campaign • The newsletter says on June 19, 1982, in Guinea-Bissau, an historic celebration took place marking the 14th anniversary of the founding of the FLNC (Congolese National Liberation Front); the commemoration was presided over by Comrade President Nathanael Mbumba and represented increasing relations with other progressive forces throughout the world. The newsletter says the President marked the advances of the Congolese Liberation Struggle since the first independence victory led by Patrice Lumumba in I960; the growth and development within the Party; and some of the present obstacles and the strategy for victory. The newsletter says the U.S. has used Zaire to break the isolation of Israel imposed by Africa. Zaire, the wealthiest neo-colonial country in Africa, has never broken political and economic ties with Israel, even after 1973- Israeli diplomats continue to operate from other embassies protecting their diamond interests and Mobutu uses Israeli bodyguards for his personal protection; this spring, Mobutu attacked the Palestinian people, the Congolese people and all of independent Africa by publicly opening diplomatic ties with Israel. The newsletter says Sunday, August 15, 1982 was a major event in the continuing Azanian liberation struggle; over 2000 marchers participated in a militant day of action in the small town of Graaff Reinet where the tombstone of the late Mangaliso R. Sobukwe, founder and past Chairman of the PAC, was unveil. The newsletter says on August 9. 1982 the PAC participated in a special program at the UN on the Day in Solidarity with the Women of Namibia and South Africa; a representative of the PAC's Women's Section, Nombulelo Maphoyi, addressed the special session in New York; while here comrade Maphoyi built support for the struggle in Azania and for its freedom fighters. The newsletter says the Material Aid Campaign for ZANU and the Women's Committee Against Genocide cosponsored two well attended and politically successful programs, one here in New York City on August 26th and the other in Boston on August 28th. The newsletter says Chairman Pokela made a major statement to African Heads of State and Government who meet in August in Tripoli, Libya. The newsletter says it is a little over a year since the worldwide demonstrations in opposition to the tour of the springbok South African rugby team; in the U.S. there was a struggle against opportunism to base the fight against the springbok in the struggle for land and self-determination for African people; the response by revolutionary North American anti-imperialists was a militant demonstration at Kennedy Airport as the team was leaving the country; it was this response that the government responded to by attacking the demonstration and jailing 4 activists; they are trying to crush the protest movement in solidarity with African Liberation. The newsletter says in recent months there has been an escalation of attacks in Zimbabwe by U.S. imperialism that are part of an overall attempt to destroy the revolution in southern Africa and destabilize Zimbabwe and other independent front-line states; these attacks have particularly escalated since the beginning of 1982 when ZANU put forward a 3 year program of National Transformation that is key to their commitment to build socialism; while some of these incidents are related to ZAPU and its futile attempts to establish itself as the party in power, the majority of the actions have been carried out by whites and are linked to South Africa. The newsletter says on Friday, August 13, 1982, the Material Aid Campaign for ZANU organized a militant demonstration at the South African mission in NYC in sup- port of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, the PAC and the struggle for the total defeat of the South African regime; the U.S. government, threatened by African liberation and movement in the U.S. that supports it attacked the demonstration, assaulted and arrested anti-imperialist activist, Rose Fahey; six weeks before, the police attacked another demonstration at the Zairian mission, breaking one woman's arm as they arrested her and two other demonstrators. The newsletter says on August 23rd, 4 whites, dressed in South African army uniforms were killed by the Zimbabwe National Army inside Zimbabwe near the border; these troops, whose identity was initially disclaimed by the South African government, were former Rhodesian Army members and were found carrying plans to blow up the vital railroad between Mozambique and Zimbabwe; also playing a role in attacks on Zimbabwe's independence is the NRM (National Resistance Movement) which are counterrevolutionary forces formed in Mozambique in 1976 by Rhodesian Intelligence and since Zimbabwe's independence have been under South African leadership. The newsletter discusses the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), independent African countries, socialism, Comrade Biondo, the obstacles facing the freedom fighters, the criticalness of the role of women, non-collaboration with imperialist puppets, infant mortality, prostitution, PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), the Azanian People's Organization (Azapo), Anti-Springbok-5 Defense Committee, the Free Azania Campaign, the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), President Samora Machel, Commander Rex Nhongo, ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union), Fifth Brigade, North Korean forces, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, the Rhodesian Front, Mary Patten, Margo Pelletier, Even Rosahn, Tim Blunk, and Dr. Herbert Ushewokunze. This newsletter was digitized by The Freedom Archives that provided it to the African Activist Archive Project. [Note: Mangaliso R. Sobukwe is Robert Sobukwe.]
Collection: The Freedom Archives