REPORT ON THE HAVANA SEMINAR (February 25 - 29, 1976)

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, early March 1976
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
6 pages
Contents: About the Seminar • Summary of the Discussion • (1) About the MPLA • (2) Relations with other countries • (3) Relations with Portugal and the Portuguese people • (4) Relations with South Africa • (5) The liberation struggle in Namibia • (6) Mercenaries • (7) Guerrilla warfare against the MPLA government • (8) Foreign interests • (9) UNITA and FNLA • (10) Women • (11) Foreign aid • (12) Coffee • (13) MPLA visits to the United States and American visits to Angola • Agreements of the American Representatives • PARTICIPANTS OF THE HAVANA SEMINAR • The report says the seminar was initiated by the MPLA and hosted by the Cuban government. The report says the MPLA felt it was important to make contacts with American organizations generally sympathetic to their struggle in Angola and with the American black press.; twenty-six Americans attended the seminar. The report discusses OSPAAL (Organization of 3o~idarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America), the nationalist objective of independence, armed struggle, Portuguese domination, peasants, Zaire, the Benguela Railroad, SWAPO, liberation struggle, Cabinda, Gulf Oil Company, Cuban doctors, the military and political situation, Commandante Dibala, Sra. Olga Lima, Pedro Zinga Baptista, the Amalgamated Meatcutters and  Butcher Workers of North American (AFL-CIO), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Black Economic Research Center, CASA - General Brotherhood of Workers, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (NYC), the Coalition for a New Foreign Policy, the MPLA Solidarity Committee, the National Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Movement for African Liberation (National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation, NAIMSAL), the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Council of Churches (Africa Office), Partido Socialista Puertorriquena, Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, Third Word Coalition/Southwest Workers Federation, U.S. Out of Angola Committee, the Chicago Committee for Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea, Venceramos Brigade, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Youth Against War and Fascism, Afro-American Newspapers (Baltimore Afro-American), Bilalian News, Black Scholar, Freedomways Magazine,and  San Francisco Sun Reporter. [Notes: 1) The 26 people who went to Cuba to meet with the MPLA were known as the Angola 26 Delegation. 2) The correct spelling of Venceramos Brigade is Venceremos Brigade. The correct spelling of Partido Socialista Puertorriquena is  Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive