New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid

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Duration: 1983-1992 or later
Location: New York, New York, United States
Newsletter: Labor Against Apartheid


The New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid (LCAA) was formed in June 1983 and grew to over 30 unions representing more then one million workers in the New York area. The LCAA was founded to support independent black unions in South Africa and to work for the abolition of the racist system of apartheid. The organizations first action was a labor delegation to the South African Consulate to protest the persecution of Oscar Mpetha in July 1983. LCAA supported the Shell Boycott and the Mobil Disinvestment campaigns. It also supported bills to limit New York City government purchases from South Africa and investments of pension funds in companies doing business in South Africa. It was involved in the Free Mayekiso Campaign and in facilitating visits between New York and South African unionists. The organization continued until at least late 1992, possibly longer. (Source: LCAA publications)

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Title: New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid
Time Span: About 1983 - 1992
Description: Archival material of the New York Labor Committee Against Apartheid (NYLCAA). The collection was donated by Kate Pfordresher, a long-time member of the NYLCAA who served for several years as one of the coordinators.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/coll/main/spec_col/

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Title: Robinson (Papers); Cleveland
Time Span: 1960 - 1992
Description: Cleveland Robinson (1914-1995) was an African American trade union leader and civil rights activist who served as Secretary-Treasurer of the United Auto Workers of America, District 65, from 1952-1992. In addition to his union activity, Cleveland Robinson was a stalwart of the civil rights movement. He was administrative chairman and one of the key organizers of the August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A friend and advisor on labor matters to Martin Luther King, Jr., he was an active member of the National Urban League and the NAACP, a director of the Southern Christian leadership Council, and a trustee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, GA. He was also a leader in the struggle to mobilize American opposition to apartheid in South Africa and supported movements for labor and human rights in many African nations. As co-chair of the committee that organized Nelson Mandela's visit to New York City in 1990, he spearheaded a massive fund-raising campaign among the city's trade unions to defray the expenses of the event. The collection contains correspondence, miscellaneous documents, ephemera and clippings. General and Political Files, 1960-1992, provides a detailed picture of Robinson’s political interests and affiliations. Included are records of his involvement in anti-apartheid campaigns and organizations including the African National Congress, American Committee on Africa, New York Labor Committee against Apartheid (1983-1992), National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation, National Mobilization for Justice and Peace in Central America and Southern Africa (1986-1988), New York Anti-Apartheid Coordinating Council, New York Anti-Apartheid Welcome Committee (related to Nelson Mandela’s 1990 visit) and the Mandela Freedom Fund (1990-1993) and TransAfrica.
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