Northeast Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa

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Duration: Apparently 1977 - Unknown, existed in June 1985
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States


The Northeast Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa (NECLSA) was an anti-apartheid organization founded in 1977 at Yale University by members of the Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY) and students at Rutgers University in response to the massacre of black students by the South African police during the Soweto student uprisings in June 1976. NECLSA was a coalition of local organizations including in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. It was made up of representatives of student groups Amherst College, Brandeis University, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Yale University, and other organizations including the American Committee on Africa, the American Friends Service Committee, Commuter Collective/University of Massachusetts, CPPAX, the National Student Coalition Against Racism and the University Christian Movement. NECLSA organized a conference at held at Yale March 31-April 2, 1978 that was attended by students from a number of schools in the Northeast.  NECLSA organized a conference on divestment and anti-apartheid work held at New York University November 17-19, 1978. (Source: NECLSA material on this website; A Luta Continua, November December 1978, South Africa Catalyst Project, available on this website; National Student Anti-Apartheid Newsletter, American Committee on Africa, January 1984; CAMPUS ANTI-APARTHEID ACTION UPDATE, American Committee on Africa, May 15, 1985; other documents on this website; and Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_Coalition_for_the_Liberation_of_Southern_Africa accessed June 10, 2015)