(Numbers 33 & 34)
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
December 1973 / January 1974
The newsletter says 1973 has been the year of a great leap forward in the struggle to liberate Zimbabwe from settler rule; the unity and momentum achieved in the early months of 1972 in the mass campaign to defeat the Smith-Home settlement proposals have been sustained in action; and the armed struggle has for the first time won a secure base within the country, such that despite every effort of the racist troops, the guerrillas have not yet been rooted out of the northeast. The newsletter reports that on December 2, 1973 the African-American Solidarity Committee and the Cook County Black Student Nurses Association co-sponsored a community form about the struggle in Mozambique; the guest speaker was Shaffrudine Khan, the United Nations representative from the Mozambique Liberation Movement (FRELIMO). The newsletter reports in Mozambique the armed liberation struggle is being wages in four of its nine provinces; and within Portugal the popular struggle has developed on a wide front against the fascist regime and its colonial wars. The newsletter reports the International Trade Union Conference Against Apartheid held in the Plenary Assembly Hall, the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 15-16 June, brought together for the first time since 1948 the three great trade union internationals--The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), and the World Confederation of Labor (WCL). The newsletter says the most comprehensive report on the conflict between emerging nationalism in Southern Africa and the influence of American-owned multi-national corporations there has been released by the National Council of Churches' Corporate Information Center; it is a 240-page document titled "Church Investments, Corporations and Southern Africa", commissioned by the national agencies of several Protestant churches. The newsletter discusses ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union), ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union), Mucumbura, Wiriamu, and the Pearce Commission. Contents: ZIMBABWE: FREEDOM STRIDING FORWARD • KHAN ON RECRUITING AFRO-AMERICANS FOR CABORA BASSA WORK • LIBERATION MOVEMENT IN MOZAMBIQUE • A NEW WEAPON TO SMASH TRADE UNION APARTHEID • CHURCH DOCUMENT DETAILS SOUTH AFRICAN CORPORATE HOLDINGS
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers