The newsletter is produced for activists and state and municipal legislators supporting divestment of public funds from companies doing business in South Africa. The newsletter reports that actions are continuing to take place on public investment and South Africa. Since the national conference attended by 200 state and municipal legislators, church leaders, union officials, community activists and academics was held in New York in June 1981 a number of follow-up actions have taken place. Kumalo reports he visited 10 states, California, Connecticut, Maine, Wisconsin, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. In Oregon, Kumalo visited with Clay Myers, State Treasurer, who had initially opposed a divestment bill last year but he expressed strong interest in supporting a new bill introduced in 1982. In California, there is talk of possible hearings and a dinner this spring to help pass a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Maxine Waters. The newsletter also reports on Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York City. Kumalo says in the newsletter that in October, Jerry Herman of the American Friends Service Committee led a delegation to several southeastern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. Herman was accompanied by Jean Sindab of the Washington Office on Africa, Carole Collins of the Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa, Wilfred Grenville-Grey of International Defense and Aid, Rebecca Matlou of the South West Africa Peoples Organization of Namibia and Lindiwe Mabuza of the African National Congress of South Africa.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive