Educators Against Apartheid
by Educators Against Apratheid
Jamaica, New York, United States
Educators Against Apartheid
The newsletter reports that high school and college students from the New York area have collected thousands of signatures on a petition to stop executions in South Africa; Milwood H.S. students have collected over 700 signatures already; the newsletter advertises an April 15 3:30-5:00pm march past the South African Consulate to turn in the petitions and a 5:00-dark rally with youth speakers and entertainment (including Stetasonic and high school gospel choirs). The action is sponsored by a coalition of youth groups including SOS Racism (LaGuardia H.S.), South African Youth Against Apartheid, and the ANC Youth Group. The newsletter reports that the Soshanguve Students' Congress is encouraging students to return to school to register and demand their test results. Hundreds of students have been turned away from schools in the Eastern Cape townships because of lack of space; also student organizations are demanding an end to fees being charged to Black students for rebuilding of schools damaged during earlier school boycotts. The newsletter reports that the Sharpeville 6 won a last-minute reprieve after an intense world-wide struggle to save them. E.A.A. was one of the sponsors of a candlelight vigil March 16 in Times Square. The newsletter reports there has been a rent boycott in about 50 Black townships since June 1986. The newsletter reports that, in New York, at C.E.S. 42 in District 9, the whole school had a series of events to help end apartheid; one class performed the play “Apartheid is Bad” by Paula Bower, another class sang Free Nelson Mandela, the kindergarten -4th graders saw the filmstrip “Apartheid is Wrong,” and a bake sale raised $113 for Somofco [Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College], the ANC school in Tanzania for children who have fled South Africa. The newsletter advertises a demonstration at Mobil Headquarters on April 4. People are asked to send mailgrams to S. Feldman, President, UFT (United Federation of Teachers) calling for full divestment for the Teachers Retirement System. The newsletter mentions the Fund for a Free South Africa. The newsletter includes the slogans “Free Nelson Mandela” and “Boycott Kellogg's.” Contents: YOUTH CONDEMN RACISM AND APARTHEID FROM NEW YORK TO SOWETO • Demonstrate, Friday April 15 • Youth Fightback in S. Africa • Worldwide Protest Saves Sharpeville 6 ! • Albertina Sisulu - BANNED • RENT STRIKES IN S. AFRICA • Do YOU Remember Bartolomeo Diaz? • Bronx Children Fightback! • Apartheid is bad for kids • imMOBILize Apartheid • African National Congress Of South Africa • TRS-$290 million in S. Africa [Note: the usual spelling is “Bartolomeu Dias” or is Anglicized as “Bartholomew Diaz.”]
Used by permission of Paula Rogovin, a former member of Educators Against Apartheid.
Collection: Educators Against Racism and Apartheid Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections