Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement

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Duration: Unknown, maybe 1984, existed in 1985 - Unknown, exited in 1989
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States


The Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement (LAFSAM) campaigned against apartheid in South Africa. LSFSAM called for the release of African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela. LAFSAM opposed the awarding of a lifetime achievement award to Frank Sinatra by the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP because he had performed in South Africa in violation of the cultural boycott. (Source: LAFSAM document on this website; "600 March in L.A. to Decry S. Africa Apartheid" by Catalina Camia, October 13, 1985; SINATRA GIVEN NAACP LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, May 15, 1987, Associated Press; and "500 Gather in Crenshaw Rally to Protest Apartheid", December 13, 1987, Los Angeles Times.)