Seattle, Washington, United States
March 10, 1985
4 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Report on women being arrested at a Harriet Tubman rally against apartheid in commemoration of International Women’s Day, Sunday, March 10, 1985. Presumably this was handed out to press covering the event. The report says the women are being arrested today in the name of South African women who are representatives of all the women who, throughout South Africa, are carrying forward the banner of the freedom struggle in the townships, the houses, farms, and factories of their employers, the regimes prisons and detention camps, in the bantustans, and from places of exile throughout the world. The report says those being arrested are Zenko Dayton, South African women, lived under the apartheid system for 25 years before coming to the United States; Maryamu Eltayeb, Coordinator Church Council of Greater Seattle Southern Africa work, Steering Committee member Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid, being arrested in the name of Rita Ndzanga, trade union activist; Bunny Wilburn, member and founder of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Child Development Institute, being arrested in the name of Charlotte Maxeke, founder of the African National Congress Women's League; Zakiya Steward, member, Seattle Chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute, being arrested in the name of Winnie Mandela, a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and wife of Nelson Mandela; Tony Wright (Oblageli), actress against apartheid, being arrested in the name of Florence Matomela, leader of the Defiance Campaign of 1952; Esther Mumford, author of Seattle's Black Victorians, Co-founder and Vice-President of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, being arrested in the name of Albertina Sisulu; Zola Mumford, daughter of Esther Mumford, student concerned about students under the apartheid system, being arrested in the name of Thenjiwe Mtintso, active in the South African Students’ Organization and the Black People's Convention; Clara Fraser, member of Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, being arrested in the name of Frances Baard, trade union activist, active in the Food and Canning Workers Union; Marilyn Reynolds, member of Northwest Indian Women's Circle, being arrested in the name of Thandi Modise, underground guerilla fighter with the African National Congress; Su Docekal, member of Radical Women, on Publicity Committee for the Harriet Tubman Day Rally, being arrested in the name of Shanthie Naidoo, through more than three generations the Naidoo family has been active in protests and demonstrations against apartheid; Carletta Wilson, poet, being arrested in the name of Gladys Thomas, South African poet; Amy Lolly, from India, being arrested in the name of Deborah Mabale, one of the organizers of the Black Consciousness Movement; Betty Lou Valentine, Outreach Coordinator, National Women's Studies Conference and Women Outside the Mainstream of Academia Network, being arrested in the name of Lillian Ngoyi, served as President of the African National Congress Women's League and as President of the Federation of South African Women; Vanessa Gilder, member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Fair Employment and Open Housing, being arrested in the name of Letta Mbulu & Marian Makeba, two women who sought refuge in America because of the nature of their art; and Selma Waldman, artist, activist, member of Africa Network, being arrested in the name of Ruth First, tried for treason, journalist, scholar, and teacher, went into exile in Mozambique, assassinated by letter bomb in 1982. The report discusses the South African Congress of Trade Unions, General Allied Workers Union, police persecution, banishment, house arrest, detention, the 90-day law, and the Campaign of Defiance against Unjust Laws.
Used by permission of former members of the Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections