by African Support Committee
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, late 1969 or early 1970?
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: Angola, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Europe, Portugal
Language: English
The leaflet says the great majority of North Americans are unaware of the revolution in Angola because of the media's preoccupation with the U.S. war in Vietnam. The liberation struggle in Africa’s sixth largest country is the response to long colonial oppression by Portugal. South African politicians understand the strategic implications of the Angolan revolution. The leaflet says the movement's success can be gauged by the increasing burden on metropolitan Portugal. In 1962, Lisbon's total defense budget (including expenditures on domestic repression and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO) was $200 million; by 1968, it spent 40% of its total budget on defense. The leaflet discusses the Movimento Popular de Libertacao de Angola (MPLA), United Church Missionary Sid Gilchrest, U.S. Defense Secretary McNamara, Melvin Laird, Gulf Oil, Sir De Villiers Graaf, and the Voster government.
Collection: Selma Waldman collection on the Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid (SCCA), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections