Make It in Massachusetts, Not in South Africa: How We Won Divestment Legislation

by Mass Divest, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
December 1984
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
4 pages
This pamphlet describes the campaign that led to passage of legislation in Massachusetts requiring full pension fund divestment from companies doing business in South Africa. By the end of 1984, state and municipal actions across the U.S. had mandated the withdrawal of over $1.3 billion in public funds from companies doing business in South Africa. The pamphlet discusses the role of State Senator Jack Backman and State Representative Mel King as well as church, labor, and community groups. It also discusses the Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa (BCLSA), TransAfrica Boston Support Group, Mobilization for Survival, American Friends Service Committee, Boston Peoples Organization, and the original unions that were active on the bill - Service Employees International Union Locals 509 and 285, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1489, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. The pamphlet quotes Governor Michael S. Dukakis. • Victory in Massachusetts • Building a Coalition • Nothing Short of Total Divestment • The Strategy of Mass Divest • The Legislative Campaign • The Importance of Victory
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive