[Dear Friends, The next thirty days will be a critical test of our political work during the last seven years.]

by Ted Lockwood, Janice McLaughlin, Maghan Keita, Christine Root, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
May 9, 1979
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says when we opened this office in 1972, we selected Rhodesian sanctions as a critical issue in U.S. policy, an issue on which we could win if we mobilized public opinion; we still think so; but, now, so does the New Right. The mailing says in 1972 we had 40 people on our mailing list; today we have more than 3,000; three thousand may sound like a small number -- and we wish it were a lot more -- but we believe that you who receive our materials are activists who respond to political issues concerning southern Africa and mobilize others to act; in addition, we multiply our numbers by working with other networks; we help get the word out through the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy and through IMPACT, a religious network; this year we joined with TransAfrica in establishing a Washington working group of over 30 national organizations to co-ordinate legislative strategies on southern Africa. The mailing says our office has never been better staffed or better equipped to help you in your grassroots efforts; Sister Janice McLaughlin and Maghan Keita have had a heavy schedule of speaking engagements this spring throughout the East, Midwest and the South. The mailing says we are putting out more and better material than ever before; we are livening our news with pictures and graphics; we are addressing issues through our pamphlets that you won't see discussed in the newspapers, issues that will be with us for some time. The mailing says all of this effort costs us more to operate; while we have tried hard to keep costs down, inflation is driving up our printing, rent and postage bills; right now, we are in a cash crunch and must appeal to you for help. The mailing says if you have not contributed to meeting our costs, please make your contribution to day; the average response to our appeal in December was $15 per person, but it came from only 299 people; the great majority of people on our mailing list have so far contributed nothing and are getting our materials free; if everyone would just pay $5 for the cost of material we send out, we would be able to pay the salary of one staff person and half the salary of another; please help us with your dollars as well as your political action.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root