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South African Solidarity Organization

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Alternate Names: Kalamazoo Students Against Apartheid, Ad Hoc Committee on South Africa, Committee on South Africa
Duration: 1978 - 1994
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States


The South African Solidarity Organization (SASO II) was a based at Western Michigan University (WMU). The organization used different names at various times including Kalamazoo Students Against Apartheid, and Ad Hoc Committee on South Africa, and Committee on South Africa but about 1979 became South African Solidarity Organization (SASO II) in recognition of the South African organization of that name which had been banned by the South African government and kept that name as long as it existed. In addition to students, SASO II had faculty members, Don Cooney and Leander Jones. SASO II campaigned to get WMU to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. [Source: Don Cooney, a former member of SASO II; SASO II material on this website: Midwest Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa Newsletter, December 1978, Midwest Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa (Chicago), available on this website; Student Anti-Apartheid Newsletter, American Committee on Africa, December 1978 and June 1981 issues, American Committee on Africa, available on this website; and From Campus to Cape Town, Student movement broadens its base by Joshua Nessen, American Committee on Africa, April 1984, available on this website]