[Dear Friends, On behalf of the Washington Office on Africa, I would like to thank you for all the hard work ...]

by Janet Jakobsen, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
August 7, 1985
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
6 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Denmark, Europe, France
Language: English
Mailing including a cover letter and two enclosures about anti-apartheid legislation. The cover letter says because of the activity of concerned people throughout the country, the US Congress has felt more pressure than ever before to take a stand against the apartheid government in South Africa and against the Reagan Administration's policy of "constructive engagement" with South Africa; as a result of all this grassroots action, the US Congress is on the brink of passing limited but historic South Africa sanctions and directly rebuking administration policy. The cover letter asks people to write both their Senators and the Representative stating that, while the current legislation may be a first step, the US must do more to respond to the crisis in South Africa; prepare now for a major campaign to focus on state and local divestment; raise the visibility of Namibia as an issue; make apartheid an election issue; and begin a campaign to pass strong national sanctions in 1986. The mailing discusses HR 1460, Sen. Jesse Helms, growing unrest in South Africa, the state of emergency, and a Human Rights Fund. The mailing includes LEGISLATIVE ROUND-UP ANTI-APARTHEID ACT OF 1985 (August 5, 1985) that discusses the Krugerrand gold coin, computer exports and nuclear trade with South Africa, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) credits to South Africa, public sector loans, the Sullivan Principles, US government scholarships for blacks within South African's segregated apartheid educational system, and credit to black business through the Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank). The Legislative Round-up discusses the decision by France, Denmark and the Scandinavian countries to cut off new investments in South Africa, and the decision of 11 European Economic Community countries to recall their ambassadors to discuss joint punitive measures against South Africa in light of the current "state of emergency", and the ever-increasing toll of anti-apartheid actions around the world. The mailing includes BRIEF SUMMARY: BASIC PROVISIONS OF THE HOUSE/SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPROVED SANCTIONS LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE HOUSE 8/1/85.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root