South Africa Divestment Coalition

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Duration: Unknown, existed in 1985 - Unknown
Location: Ithaca, New York, United States


The South Africa Divestment Coalition (SADC) was a student organization at Cornell University that worked to get the university to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. The group sponsored educational programs and hosted speakers about Apartheid and the Frontline States. In 1985 it held numerous demonstrations at Day Hall, the administration building, at which thousands of students were arrested. SADC was also involved in building a shanty town on campus and hosting protest events at graduation and during alumni weekend. The group had organizational and individual membership.

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Title: David Lyons and Matthew Lyons Cornell divestment movement collection, 1976-1987
Time Span: 1976 - 1987
Media: 1 cubic foot
Description: Reports; legal documents; memos; and articles, leaflets, posters, and other publications, all relating to the movement for divestment in from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Matthew Lyons (Cornell University Class of 1986) helped to organize and participated in the first divestment sit-ins at Cornell's Day Hall in April-May 1985, as well as the May 8, 1985 action, "Take It To the Straight." In the fall of 1985, he helped to coordinate the divestment movement's daily sit-ins and civil disobedience at Day Hall. David Lyons, Matthew's father, is professor of law and philosophy at Cornell University. He was part of the first group of Cornell faculty and staff to be arrested in the divestment sit-ins in April 1985. He helped to draft the documents of the organization Faculty and Staff Against Apartheid (FSAA) including "Why Cornell Should Divest" and the FSAA's reply to the Proxy Review Committee Report on divestment. He represented Shantytown residents within the Cornell judicial system with regard to their complaints against the central administration.
Housed At: Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Location: 2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States
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