LESSONS FOR THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT: Notes from Los Angeles
by Friends of the ANC and the Frontline States
Los Angeles, California, United States
The report discusses conflicts over planning Nelson Mandela’s visit to Los Angeles. A local Nelson Mandela Reception Committee was formed months ago, led by the Southern California unit of the ANC and involving member groups of the Friends of the ANC and Frontline States, but this committee was ignored and bypassed and another reception committee that was chaired by Maxine Waters. The report says the Friends of the ANC and Frontline States feel the need for a strengthened grass-roots movement ready to continue the struggle, including maintaining the line on sanctions against apartheid. The report includes a series of possible lessons from this experience, including the importance of consultation by both top ANC leadership and national organizations with grass-roots anti-apartheid networks and broad-based coalitions as well as caution about political candidates. The report says organizations in the Friends of the ANC and Frontline States include: African National Congress (special relationship), American Friends Service Committee, California Democratic Council, Council of Black Trade Unions, Committee for Health in Southern Africa, Los Angeles 435 Observor Committee to Namibia, Los Angeles Student Coalition, Mozambique Support Network, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, Presbyterian Synod Task Force on Southern Africa, South African International Student Congress, Southern African Resource Center, Southern Africa Resource Project, Southern Africa Support Committee, SWAPO Support Committee, Unity in Action, and U.S.-Angola Friendship Society • Introduction • Objectives • Background • Specific Learning Experiences • (1) Elite vs. Mass Involvement • (2) Chauvinism • (3) Use of local political figures • (4) Coalition and network building • Conclusion
Used by permission of former members of Friends of the ANC and the Frontline States.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections