M.A.C.S.A. News

(Number 67)
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
October 1977
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The newsletter asks people to urge President Carter to impose strong sanctions against South Africa. It advertises a noon rally on November 5 at the Federal Building sponsored by the NAACP and MACSA to protest conditions in South Africa and the Bakke case, followed by a teach-in at St. Martin House. On November 9 Carole Collins, National Coordinator for the Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa will speak on "A Night of Solidarity with Mozambique." While in Madison, Collins will speak at several history classes at East High School and give a talk on "The Struggle in Southern Africa" at an event celebrating two years of independence for Angola. The newsletter reports on the latest crackdown of moderate Black South African newspapers and organizations and on white South African dissenters., in the toughest and most comprehensive suppression of organizations, publications, and people the government has ever undertaken. Since March, 20 people have died in detention under a law which allows indefinite detention. Lawyers called for an amendment to the South African Terrorism Act which would allow judges and official doctors to visit detainees. The newsletter quotes the Anglican Dean of Cape Town, the Very Reverend E.L. King. South African police reportedly arrested 70 white students from the University of Witwatersrand marching from their campus in an attempt to send a telegram to Mr. Kruger and arrested 97 Indians attending a banned meeting in Lensia. Almost all 180,000 schoolchildren joined a classroom boycott in Soweto. The newsletter asks people to urge their State Representative to support a bill introduced by Assemblyman David Clarenbach, AB-1005, to create a mechanism to avoid the letting of state contracts to bidders who support apartheid. The newsletter includes an open letter/petition to the regents of the University of Wisconsin from Daniel P. Kunene and Robert W. Dundon urging that the University divest from companies doing business in South Africa. The newsletter discusses Steven Biko, Black Peoples Convention, Black Community Programs, Black Parents Association, the South African Students Association, the Soweto Students Representative Council, the Zimele Trust, the Christian Institute, Pro Veritate, Black Allied Workers Union, Federation of Black Women, South African Students Movement, the Committee of Ten, The World, the Medupe Writers Association, Donald Woods, Union of Black Journalists, Transvaal Youth Organization, Western Cape Youth Organization, Natal Youth Organization, Border Youth Organization (or Union), Eastern Province Youth Organization, National Youth Organization, Association for Educational and Cultural Advancement of African People of South Africa, Regina Mundi Catholic Church, South African Council of Churches, House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, Nigerian Head-of-State Olusegun Obasanjo, Rev. Samson Kataka, and the Dutch Reformed Church. Contents: URGENT! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! • RALLY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS • COMING EVENTS • INTENSIFIED REPRESSION IN SOUTH AFRICA • BANNED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS • GREAT COURAGE SHOWN BY BLACK SOUTH AFRICANS, INDIANS, AND WHITE OPPONENTS OF REGIME! • IMPORTANT LEGISLATION IN THE WORKS • EXCERPTS FROM CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO BANNINGS AND ARRESTS IN SOUTH AFRICA • "IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEMS FOR CARTER ADMINISTRATION ON SOUTH AFRICA" • OPEN LETTER TO THE UW REGENTS ON INVESTMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers