SUMMARY OF WINGSPREAD CONFERENCE ON NAMIBIA
by Lutheran Council in the U.S.A., The Johnson Foundation
Racine, Wisconsin, United States
The Johnson Foundation
The report says the Wingspread conference on Namibia was convened in May 1976 by the Lutheran Council in the U.S.A. and The Johnson Foundation to inform Americans about the situation in Namibia and to offer guidance on policy toward Namibia to further justice and peaceful change. The report discusses the United Nations, the termination of the South African mandate, the International Court of Justice, and SWAPO. Conferees were virtually unanimous in condemning South Africa's continued presence, the "Homelands" policy, apartheid in Namibia, Namibia's inhuman labor system, repression (Terrorism Act, police torture, etc.), the Turnhalle Conference, and draining of economic resources. There was general support for advocating the following: the United States should support a Security Council determination of a threat to the peace, along with a decision to apply an arms embargo; the State Department should find in favor of the validity of Decree No. 1 of the Council for Namibia that requires United Nations licensing of exploitation and export of natural resources; and the U.S. should announce that it is ready to join the Council for Namibia.
Used by permission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Collection: Sahotra Sarkar Chicago anti-apartheid collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections