Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports

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Alternate Names: Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports, Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian Imports, Philadelphia Southern Africa Solidarity Committee
Duration: 1972-1976
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian Imports was founded about 1972 to end United States support for Rhodesia and to close the port of Philadelphia to Rhodesian goods. The Coalition did this in support of the Zimbabwean people in their struggle for freedom against the racist oppression of the white minority settler government. Coalition members included the American Friends Service Committee, the Philadelphia Workers Organizing Committee, the Life Center Collective, the Black Economic Development Counsil, the Black United Liberation Front, Philadelphia Resistance, the People’s Fund, the Free Press, Revolutionary Union, Venceremos Brigade, community people, and rank and file longshoremen. In 1971 the U.S. Congress passed a law allowing imports from Rhodesia in violation of mandatory United Nations sanction. The Coalition held demonstrations at the port when ships carrying Rhodesian goods arrived and worked with dockworkers who frequently refused to unload the ships. In 1974 it changed its name to Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports. Near the end of its existence the organization used the name Philadelphia Southern Africa Solidarity Committee. (Source: Jerry Silberman, a former member of the organization; organization documents on this website; and Action Guide on Southern Africa [second edition].)