[Dear Friends in the Coalition]

by National Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa
Washington, DC, United States
October 11, 1976
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says the steering committee meeting scheduled for this past weekend in Jackson, Mississippi had to be cancelled because too few groups could be represented. Six groups planed to attend: Chicago (CCLAMG), Syracuse (SCOSAL), Madison (MACSA), ACOA from New York, the Washington Office on Africa, and, of course, Freedom Information Service which had agreed to host the meeting. We received no other communications from any other groups except a letter on the Namibia mass action campaign from the Bay Area Namibia Action Group. It seems to us here in Washington that a national co-ordination body is as urgent as ever, particularly considering two recent developments : the uprisings in South Africa and the intensified U.S. efforts to salvage western interests as the struggle in southern Africa has intensified. It therefore seems to us that we have to seriously re-evaluate how the Coalition can be useful to building our collective work and what we can realistically expect to accomplish through the Coalition. OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE COALITION 1. Reschedule the steering committee meeting for sometime in mid- to late-November. 2. Call a national meeting to develop a national mass action campaign on southern Africa. 3. With other groups - and with significant black and working class leadership - plan a national meeting to for a new national coalition on southern Africa. In order to proceed in any of these (or other) directions, it is really necessary for all groups to respond to this letter. The mailing includes a Coalition Questionnaire.
Used by permission of members of several participating groups.
Collection: Carole Collins Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections