HELP STOP APARTHEID: BOYCOTT SHELL
by Seattle Nonviolent Action Group, Seattle Labor Coalition Against Apartheid
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, 1987 or 1988
Seattle Labor Coalition Against Apartheid, Seattle Nonviolent Action Group
Leaflet apparently handed out at Shell stations in Seattle protesting Royal Dutch/Shell as a major sustainer of the racist system of apartheid in South Africa. South Africa has no oil of its own; without oil, the apartheid economy would grind to a halt and the security forces would not be able to brutally repress the black majority or invade neighboring states. Boycott Shell products to pressure Royal Dutch/Shell to withdraw from South Africa and thus help stop apartheid. The leaflet says Shell has shipped large quantities of crude oil to South Africa, in violation of the international oil embargo against the apartheid regime. Shell supplies oil products to the South African military and police, including fuel, the raw materials for napalm and nerve gas, and defoliation substances. The leaflet says Shell also mines and exports South African coal, lead and zinc. Shell is known for its anti-worker, anti-union policies at its Rietspruit coal mine, where striking workers have faced teargas and rubber bullets and been forced to resume work at gunpoint. Shell also continues to operate in Namibia, which is illegally occupied by the South African army in contravention of UN decrees.
Used by permission of former members of the Seattle Labor Committee Against Apartheid.
Collection: Selma Waldman collection on the Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid (SCCA), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections