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Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid

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Duration: 1987 – May 1994
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid (ILNAA) was a network of unions in Illinois. The co-coordinators were Kathy Devine and Harold Rogers. Rogers was also a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). The ILNAA supported the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and its member unions. The ILNAA supported comprehensive sanctions against South Africa. ILNAA was involved in campaigns in support of Moses Mayekiso and the boycott of Shell Oil. The ILNAA hosted an event featuring Nelson Mandela during his visit to Chicago in July 1993. The ILNAA went out of existence in May 1994 after the South African election that ended apartheid. In 1995, Kathy Devine and Cole Wright visited South Africa. (Source: ILNAA documents on this website; Deseree Zimmerman, "Interview with Kathy Devine", Spring 2009, Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago; and the newsletter Labor Against Apartheid, Summer 1988, New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid, available on this website.)

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Title: Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection, 1977-2000
Time Span: 1977 - 2000
Media: 10.0 Cubic Feet. Administrative Records, Artifacts, Brochures, Buttons (information artifacts), Correspondence, Journals (periodicals), Magazines (periodicals), Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Personal Papers, Photographs, Political Posters, Reports, T-Shirts, Video Tapes, posters
Description: Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government-sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. Chicago was active in anti-apartheid efforts, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa primarily through the efforts of local social justice, religious, and activist groups. Chicago organizations worked for the passing sanctions against working with companies that supported the apartheid government in South Africa, divesting their holdings from South Africa and South African banks, and encouraging other local governments and large cities to do the same. In 1990, Chicago was proclaimed a Sister Community to Alexandra Township, the largest township of Johannesburg. Series include: 1. Secondary Sources, 1981-1996, 2. Local Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1977-1995, 3. National Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1990-1995, 4. South African Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1989-1994, 5. International Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1982-1995, 6. Events, 1981-1995, 7. Conferences, 1983-1993, 8: Reports, 1978-1994, 9. Writings and Notes, 1985-2000, 10. Photographs, 1981-1994, 11. Artifacts, 1980's-1990's, 12. Publications, 1978-2000. Illinois organizations in the collection include: Chicago Alexandra Sister Community Project, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Coalition for Illinois Divestment from South Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, Mozambique Solidarity Office, Mozambique Support Network, Southern Africa Network of the ECLA, Synapses, and TransAfrica. The collection also includes material of national organizations.
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