TransAfrica News

(Vol. 2, No. 8)
by TransAfrica
with Hazel-Dean Ross (Editor), David Scott (Contributing Writer
Washington, DC, United States
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents:  SAM NUJOMA AND HARRY BELAFONTE: AMONG KEY SPEAKERS AT TRANSAFRICA'S SEVENTH ANNUAL DINNER • TRANSAFRICA-BUILDING BRIDGES IN FOREIGN POLICY • TRANSAFRICA DINNERS PAST • NATIONAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE CONFERENCE: EXECUTIVES MEET TO FORMULATE LEGISLATIVE THRUST AND PRIORITIES 1984/85 • POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE • THIRD WORLD FOREIGN POLICY CONCERNS TO BE GIVEN TELEVISED COVERAGE • ARTISTS AND ATHLETES AGAINST APARTHEID LAUNCH NATION-WIDE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CAMPAIGN IN COMMEMORATION OF THE SHARPEVILLE MASSACRE • EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO AFRICA • VICTORY ON D.C. DIVEST BILL • SENATE ACTION ON IDA VII • "PEACE ACCORDS" IN SOUTHERN AFRICA • EXPORT ADMINISTRATION ACT • TransAfrica celebrates its seventh anniversary on June 9, 1984 with a gala dinner attended by some 1500 people. TransAfrica will soon hold the Annual TransAfrica Support Committee Conference. Executives from this Support Committees plan to participate: Chuku Lee (TransAfrica New York), Willard Johnson (Boston), Carrie Crawford (Baltimore), Howard Manning (Los Angeles), Cheryl Johnson (Chicago), Margaret Baylor (Detroit), and Rep. Bill Crawford (Indianapolis).  PBS stations across the country are showing a series of monthly, half-hour critiques of U.S. foreign policy. Plans are for the series, “THIRD WORLD REPORT,” moderated by TransAfrica Executive Director Randall Robinson, to begin regular programming in January 1985. Arthur Ashe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Harry Belafonte, Art Blakey, Rita Moreno, Tony Randall and Sidney Poitier, all executive committee members of Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid, launched a nation-wide Public Service Announcement campaign about their  commitment to isolating South Africa culturally until apartheid is abolished. The Appropriations Committee has approved a bill with $150 million in emergency aid to the more than 20 nations in Africa threatened by drought. The District of Columbia has passed divestment legislation as a result of an arduous campaign by the D.C. DIVEST Coalition, including key anti-apartheid organizations in Washington and the TransAfrica District of Columbia Support Committee, chaired by Dr. James Davis. The Reagan Administration has consistently rejected World Bank proposals for the seventh replenishment of the Internationally Development Association (IDA). A joint House/Senate conference committee began consideration of the four anti-apartheid provisions of the Export Administration Act on April 13. The newsletter mentions the Congressional Black Caucus, the Black Leadership Conference on Africa, SWAPO (South West African People's Organization), the late Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop, Prime Minister Michael Manley, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Chester Crocker, South African Foreign Minister Roelof Botha (Pik Botha), the Caribbean Basin Initiative, Andrew Young, the House Subcommittee on Africa, corporations investing in South Africa, cease-fire negotiations, United Nations Security Council Resolution 435, Rep. William Gray, the Krugerrand gold coin, Rep. Stephen Solarz, export controls on goods to the South African military police, Rep. Howard Berman, nuclear non-proliferation controls, International Atomic Energy safeguards, nuclear facilities, Rep. Howard Wolpe, Congressman Gerald Solomon, and Senators Garn, Heinz, Cranston, and Proxmire.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root