[Dear Friends, On November 21st, after a dramatic sit-in at the South African Embassy, prominent Black leaders launched ...]
by Gerald Lenoir, Mona Bailey, Washington State Rainbow Coalition , Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid
Seattle, Washington, United States
December 29, 1984
Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid, Washington State Rainbow Coalition
Mailing about the first meeting to discuss the proposed principles of unity and strategy on Thursday January 3, 1985 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The mailing says at the last meeting it was decided to build for a major demonstration on Saturday, January 20th, Inauguration Day, with mass civil disobedience, the demonstration will also be discusses. The mailing says on November 21st, after a dramatic sit-in at the South African Embassy, prominent Black leaders launched a nationwide "Free South Africa Movement"; this movement is to focus American attention on the policies of the South African government and the Reagan administration's support of that government. The mailing says fed up with Reagan's refusal to condemn apartheid and his continual accomodationist policy of "constructive engagement", Black leaders around the country have taken militant action; TransAfrica, the Black American Lobby for Africa and the Caribbean, is spearheading the "Free South Africa Movement". The mailing says in Seattle, The Washington State Rainbow Coalition and many other organizations and individuals have staged pickets and civil disobedience on Saturday and Sunday at the local consulate; city, county and state divestment legislation has been proposed; to close the consulate and to stop U.S. support for the racist, white minority government of South Africa continual protest has to be maintained. The mailing says the Washington State Rainbow Coalition would like you to participate in the building of a city wide Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections