[This is a time of heightened stir within and about Southern Africa.]
by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
Mailing including a cover letter and two leaflets. The cover letter says this is a time of heightened stir within and about Southern Africa. The cover letter says the Terrorism Trials grind on; there is a rapid spread of Black Identity; white opposition is more vocal as the police state digs deeper into its ranks; Namibia is a live with protest under the yoke of foreign domination and following upon the World Court decision; American industrial interests are frantic in their efforts to appear to be doing right by their black and brown employees. The cover letter says the liberation movements press the struggle for freedom in the face of the highly organized military forces of the racist regimes. The cover letter says: abroad, the World Council of Churches, the International Court of Justice and the United Nations are drawn into having to make more decisions about the long-festering evils in Rhodesia, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa. The cover letter says in Britain, disclosure of South African security police activities arouse deep concern. The cover letter says Congress has voted to allow the purchase of chrome from Rhodesia, defying the United Nations Security Council and indicating a dangerous hardening of America's position. The cover letter says Southern Africa has grown steadily as a prime issue for the black and academic communities, churchmen and some legislators, who a government and business establishment clinging to gold, oil, chrome, the Cape Route and high returns on investments. Enclosed with the mailing is a leaflet "Emissary to SOUTH AFRICA" about Father Ted Lockwood, who has just returned from a two month trip to South Africa principally to act as legal observer for several national and international organizations at the Terrorism Trials of the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Rev. Gonville Aubie ffrench-Beytagh, in Pretoria, and of 13 African, Indian and Coloured men in Pietermaritzburg; the leaflet says he also visited Namibia (South West Africa), Tanzania and Zambia. The mailing includes a leaflet asking people to send Christmas and New Year messages to the families of those serving prison sentences in South Africa; those in South banned, restricted and under house arrest; those executed for who died in South African prisons; Namibia political prisoners; and Rhodesians in political detention or prisons.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root