ACT AGAINST APARTHEID BOYCOTT SHELL
by Seattle Shell Boycott Campaign
Seattle, Washington, United States
Leaflet advocates helping end the racist system of apartheid in South Africa by boycotting Shell products. In South Africa, protest is ruthlessly suppressed. South Africa has no oil and is dependent on foreign oil to continue to enforce its racist system. Shell has violated an international oil embargo to ship large quantities of crude oil to South Africa. Shell co-owns South Africa's largest oil refinery and supplies oil products to the military and police. The leaflet says pressure n Royal Dutch/Shell to withdraw completely from South Africa is being organized in 12 countries, and the campaign against Shell is welcomed by South African black leaders, from Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu and imprisoned opposition leader Nelson Mandela to COSATU, the union federation of black workers. U.S. groups targeting Shell include the National Council of Churches, the Free South Africa Movement, AFL-CIO, NAACP, United Mine Workers, and the National Organization for Women. The leaflet says the campaign is already having an effect: Shell has lost over 6% of its market share in Denmark and Britain, and pressure is growing in the U.S. The leaflet says the Seattle Shell Boycott Campaign includes the Seattle Nonviolence Action Group, the Seattle Labor Committee Against Apartheid; the Task Force on Southern Africa of the Church Council of Greater Seattle; Seattle I.W.W.; and the Cascadia Green Alliance.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections