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Northeast Southern Africa Solidarity Network

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Duration: 1988 - early 1990s
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, United States


The Northeast Southern Africa Solidarity Network (NESASN) came out of a conference in New Haven, Connecticut in September 1988. Representatives from fifty-five anti-apartheid and anti-racist organizations in the Northeast came together to discuss how to organize more effective mass support for the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia and the Frontline States (Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia). The network included organizations from 12 states in the Northeastern United States, from Maine to Washington, DC including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. In 1989 in the lead up to Namibia's independence election, NESASN organized a "Dollars for Democracy in Namibia" campaign to raise funds to support a voter education to educate people about the election process. The organization in NESASN worked on a variety of issues including: a just and peaceful resolution of regional Southern Africa conflict; cessation of U.S. aid to Jonas Savimbi and UNITA forces; divestment and sanctions; corporate, cultural, academic and sports boycotts; education and mass demonstrations; lobbying at all levels of government; support of labor unions and the mass democratic movement in South Africa and Namibia; exposure of South Africa's nuclear industry in the production and refinement of uranium from Namibia; and technical assistance in development and education to the Front Line States. (Source: NESASN documents available on this website including Dollars for Democracy in Namibia, 1989; and Freedom Rising!: Southern Africa Strategies for the 90's advertising a conference to be held March 17, 1990.)