The cover letter reports on significant developments in the divestment movement, including California’s adopting a full divestment bill. By September, at least 19 states, 70 cities, and 13 counties had adopted binding measures restricting public fund investment in or purchases from corporations involved in South Africa. (See summary chart in the newsletter.) A major goal of these measures was to induce corporations to end all links with South Africa, and Coca-Cola, General Motors, IBM, and Warner Communications have all recently announced plans to withdraw. GM and IBM ending direct investment is significant, but they will continue to do business with the apartheid economy. States that have adopted measures are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin; and Virgin Island. The counties and cities that have adopted measures are: Alameda County (CA), Alexandria (VA), Amherst (MA), Ann Arbor (MI), Atlanta (GA), Atlantic City (NJ), Baltimore (MD), Bergen County (NJ), Berkeley (CA), Boston (MA), Boulder (CO), Brookline (MA), Burlington (VT), Cambridge (MA), Camden (NJ), Charleston (SC), Charlottesville (VA), Chicago (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Cleveland (OH), College Park (MD), Columbus (OH), Cuyahoga County (OH), Davis (CA), Detroit (MI), East Lansing (MI), Erie (PA), Fairmont (WV), Fort Collins (CO), Freeport (NY), Fresno (CA), Gainesville (FL), Grand Rapids (MI), Harrisburg (PA), Hartford (CT), Hennepin County (MN), Houston (TX), Howard County (MD), Jersey City (NJ), Kansas City (KS), Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles (CA), Madison (WI), Miami (FL), Middletown (CT), Minneapolis (MN), Monroe County (NY), Montgomery County (MD), New Castle County (DE), New Haven (CT), New Orleans (LA), New York City (NY), Newark (NJ), Oakland (CA), Omaha (NE), Palo Alto (CA), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Phoenix (AZ), Portsmouth (VA), Prince Georges County (MD), Rahway (NJ), Raleigh (NC), Richmond (CA), Richmond (VA), Rochester (NY), Rockland County (NY), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), San Jose (CA), Santa Barbara County (CA), Santa Cruz (CA), Seattle (WA), Sonoma County (CA), St. Louis (MO), Stockton (CA), Topeka (KS), Tucson (AZ), Washington (DC), Westchester County (NY), West Hollywood (CA), Wilmington (DE), Youngstown (OH), and Ypsilanti (MI). Included in the mailing is a brief summary of what the sanctions bill passed over President Reagan's veto does and does not do. The mailing includes a report, Preemption - The Feds Fight Back Against Local Action. The mailing includes three newspaper articles, "Fears of U.S. Companies Rise On Cost of South Africa Ties," "District Eyes IBM, GM Ties to S.A.," and "IBM, GM Map Restructuring in S. Africa."
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Collection: Africa Action Archive