DEMAND AN OIL EMBARGO AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA!
by Southern Africa Solidarity Committee, People for Southern African Freedom, Southern Africa Organizing Committee, National Anti-Apartheid Action Campaign
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, about the first half of 1981
National Anti-Apartheid Action Campaign
The brochure advocates an oil embargo against South Africa as part of the effort of people all over the world to support the struggle to end apartheid and urges Americans to pressure the U.S. government to impose an international oil embargo against South Africa. The National Anti-Apartheid Action Campaign is a petition campaign calling on the U.S. government to join in actively opposing South Africa's apartheid rule. The brochure says South Africa ravages Namibia's natural resources, including diamonds, copper, uranium, fish, and possibly offshore oil. Massive demonstrations in the township of Soweto in 1976 and widespread strikes and boycotts in the past year have marked a rebirth of militant protest. The ANC's June 1, 1980 bombing of three huge SASOL coal-to-oil gasification plants was a powerful blow against the South African regime. Also, recent proclamations by some progressive whites are indications of widening popular support for ending the apartheid system. The South African regime has repeatedly bombed and invaded Angola in retaliation for its aid to SWAPO in Namibia and in an attempt to destabilize the Angolan government. Also, in early 1981 South Africa launched an unprecedented attack on South African liberation fighters living in Mozambique. The brochure says South Africa has no domestic oil reserves, so its economy and especially its military depend on imported oil. An effective oil embargo would cripple the apartheid regime's ability to wage war on its own citizens and on the other peoples of Southern Africa. The OPEC nations refuse to export oil to South Africa, and most of South Africa's oil is imported through U.S. companies which also provided the technology and equipment for South Africa coal gasification. The brochure discusses the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), and the Black Consciousness Movement. The brochure was prepared by People for Southern African Freedom, Southern Africa Organization Committee. and the Seattle Southern Africa Solidarity Committee. The brochure says it is endorsed by the African National Congress (ANC) (South Africa); AFSCME (Local 1650); Americans for Democratic Action, Youth Caucus; Dennis Brutus, Evanston, Illinois; ILWU (Local 37); National Anti-Racist Organizing Committee; National Lawyers Guild; and People United Against Apartheid & Racism, Baltimore. • INTERNATIONAL OIL EMBARGO AGAINST APARTHEID • Apartheid in South Africa • South Africa Illegally Occupies Namibia • South Africa Attacks Neighboring States • The Struggle to End Apartheid • US Involvement in South Africa • Demand that the President and Congress Support The Oil Embargo • National Anti-Apartheid Action Campaign • What You Can Do
Used by permission of former members of People for Southern African Freedom.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections