[West Coat meeting to stop South African trade]

by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement
Oakland, California, United States
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing advertising a West Coast meeting to stop South African trade at ILWU Local #10 Hall in San Francisco on August 17, 1985. The mailing is signed by John George, Chairperson, Bay Area Free South Africa Movement, Alameda County Supervisor; Leo Robinson, Chairperson, ILWU Local #10 South Africa Liberation Support Committee; David Reed, Co-Chairperson, San Francisco Anti-Apartheid Committee; Tom Lupher, Secretary-Treasurer, International Longshoremen and Warehousemen Union Local #10; Geraldine Johnson, Chairperson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, S.F. Chapter; Blanche Bebb, Secretary, Local #250 Southern Africa Solidarity Committee; Paul Varacalli, Executive Director, United Public Employees Local #790 (SEIU); Timothy Twomey, Secretary-Treasurer, Hospital Workers Union Local #250 (SEIU), and Ignacio De La Fuente, International Molders and Allied Workers Union Local #164. On November 23, 1984, San Francisco Bay Area longshoremen refused to unload South African cargo from the Dutch ship "Nedlloyd Kimberley." This continued for 11 days, raising the struggle against the apartheid regime of South Africa to a new level. Since then, S.F. Bay Area Port Commissions have declared that doing business with South Africa is "morally repugnant." On May 23, 1985, picket lines protested the movement of South African cargo in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and 79 trade unionists and ministers were arrested at the offices of South African Airways in San Francisco. The movement against apartheid is growing nationally. Especially on the West Coast, demonstrations and arrests have taken place in Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle in the struggle to shut down South African consulates. The U.S. is South Africa's number one trading partner. Without markets in the U.S. for its industrial products, and without the ability to import needed goods, the apartheid regime will suffer economic disaster. Black South African workers are paid only a few dollars a day, and they are forced to live without their families, must carry passbooks, have permission to work, and cannot vote. The Black trade union movement is growing rapidly and is meet repression and death at government hands. The mailing mentions divestment, auto parts, fruit juice, profits, slave-labor, the Labor Committee, and David Bacon.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: David Bacon papers