[Dear Friend: Whenever a violent conflict erupts]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about Fall 1962
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
6 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing asks people and organizations to urge the U.S. to strongly support a program to quarantine South African apartheid. The mailing includes a brochure for the APPEAL FOR ACTION AGAINST APARTHEID, initiated by Albert J. Lutuli of South Africa and Martin Luther King of the U.S. and endorsed by more than 130 leaders from every continent. The brochure says the South African Government has banned the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), strictly censored the press, established an arms industry, activated total physical race separation be establishing the first "Bantustan" in the Transkei, defined protest against apartheid as an act of "sabotage," and perpetuated its control through terrorism and violence. The APPEAL documents violence against opponents of apartheid: on Human Rights Day in 1959, 12 South West Africans were killed in Windhoek and 40 wounded as they fled police; on March 21, 1960, 72 African were killed and 186 wounded at Sharpeville by police; and, before and during the two-year "emergency" in Transkei, 15 Africans were killed by police, and thousands were arrested and imprisoned without trial. The APPEAL asks all men of good will to act against apartheid in the following manner: hold meetings on December 10, Human Rights Day; urge their church union, lodge, or club to protest on this day; urge their government to support economic sanctions; write their Mission to the United Nations urging adoption of a resolution calling for international isolation of South Africa; don't by South Africa's products; don’t trade or invest in South Africa; translate public opinion into public action by explaining facts to all peoples, to groups which you belong, and countries of which you are citizens until an effective international quarantine of apartheid is established. [Note: Lutuli is sometimes spelled Luthuli.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive