Report of ANGOLAN SEMINAR held in Havana, February 26- March 1

by Marjorie Boehm, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Undated, March 1976
Publisher: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
3 pages
The report says I want to thank the board for sending me as their delegate to this seminar; I learned a great deal about Angola and about what other organizations in the U.S. are doing to help the MPLA and stop U.S. intervention. The report says the Cuban government had agreed to host the seminar at the request of the Government of the People's Republic of Angola; Angola sent 3 delegates, 1 a woman; there were 26 delegates from the U.S.; the first day and a small part of the second day were spent in reports from the U.S. delegates about their organizations and their activities, especially about Angola. The report says the Angolan delegates are young but experienced; they are realistic but confident that their movement and a liberated Angola will survive. The report says foreign policy in Angola will be based upon non-alignment, unity with other revolutionary movements and with organizations such as ours, and support of other South African liberation movements. The report says within Angola the delegates did not see a threat to the MPLA from guerrilla action nor from the puppet governments of Zaire or Zambia; they believe that South Africa is approaching intermediaries to negotiate; most of the UNITA and FNLA soldiers had weapons taken and were set free. The report discusses entertainment, touring, Folklorico, the Cuban Women's Federation, Vilma Espin de Castro, medical care, the liberation struggle, illiteracy, education, development, agriculture, lobbying Congress, medical aid, pharmaceuticals, medicines, medically-trained personal, fertilizers, tractors, educational aid. agricultural aid, Gulf, Boeing, U.S.-imposed sanctions, military instillations, U.S. increasing military aid to to Zaire and South Africa, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Commandante Dibala, Sra. Olga Lima, Political Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Pedro Zinga Baptista, the Amalgamated Meatcutters & Butcher Workers of North America (AFL-CIO), the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), George Houser, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Black Economic Research Center, CASA - General Brotherhood of Workers, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (NYC), the Coalition for a New Foreign Policy, the MPLA Solidarity Committee, Barbara Barnes, the National Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Movement for African Liberation (NAIMSAL), Anthony Monteiro, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Patricia Murray, National Council of Churches (Africa Office), Partido Socialista Puertorriqueña, the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, Third World Coalition/Southwest Workers Federation, U.S. Out of Angola Committee, the Chicago Committee for Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guiné, Prexy Nesbitt, the Venceremos Brigade, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), Edgar Lockwood, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Youth Against War & Fascism, Afro-American Newspapers (Baltimore Afro-American), Bilalian News, Black Scholar, Freedomways Magazine, the San Francisco Sun-Reporter, the International Executive Committee, and the Working Conference in Chicago. • A. U.S. RECOGNITION OF ANGOLA • B. NATION-BUILDING SUPPORT • C. DISPELLING MYTHS ABOUT MPLA AND THE ANGOLA SITUATION IN THE U.S. • D. AVERT A UNITED STATES ECONOMIC BOYCOTT OF ANGOLA • E. ANGOLA GROUP VISITATIONS; GRANTING OF VISAS BY THE STATE DEPT. • F. SEEK TO AVERT ALL MILITARY AID TO ZAIRE AND SOUTH AFRICA • G. BROADEN THE BASE OF SUPPORT FOR ANGOLA • H. GENERAL NATIONAL COORDINATION OF ACTIVITIES OF THE DELEGATION • LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ANGOLA • ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED FROM THE U.S. • Members of the Press represented • PROPOSALS TO THE NATIONAL BOARD
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