Committee of Returned Volunteers

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Alternate Names: Committee of Returned Volunteers
Duration: 1966? - mid-1970s
Location: New York, New York, United States


Founded in 1966, the Committee of Returned Volunteers (CRV) was an organization of people who have worked in voluntary service programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and in the United States. Many CRV members had served in the Peace Corps. CRV had chapters and/or contacts in at least 25 cities across the United States. CRV had an anti-imperialist perspective and was active in opposing the war in Vietnam. At its national assembly in September 1969, CRV adopted a resolution emphasizing the alliance between racism and imperialism working together to control the Southern Africa subcontinent and adopted a national organizing project on Southern Africa in support for liberation movements. At a national board meeting in Milwaukee in 1969, a national CRV Southern Africa Committee was formed, and it was decided that, because the struggle in the Portuguese colonies was the most intense, the Committee would focus on Gulf Oil because of its involvement in Angola. Prior to the formation of the CRV Southern Africa Committee there was an Africa Working Committee. The New York chapter, Committee of Returned Volunteers/New York (CRV/NY) established an Africa Committee in 1969 or earlier; it was very active in supporting African liberation struggles. (Source: CRV documents available on this website)

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Title: Lynne Weikart collection
Time Span: 1960s-1970s
Description: Lynne was active in the Committee of Returned Volunteers (CRV) and the Committee for a Free Mozambique (CFM). CRV was an anti-imperialist organization and was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement as well as Africa solidarity work. The collection includes CRV newsletters many no on Africa. The CFM file has a lot of material from other organizations including the Church Project on U.S. Investments in Southern Africa (1973). There is also an extensive file with material from the late 1960s and early 1970s on the Cabora Bassa dam in Mozambique.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
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Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/spc/index/