Come and Support The Free South Africa Movement Rally
by Free South Africa Movement
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Leaflet advertising a rally on December 20, 1984 at the McNamara Building in solidarity with trade unionists who have been arrested in South Africa, along with the many white and black citizens who have been arrested in the U.S. while demonstrating at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. and South African Consulates in other cities. In November, an estimated one million South African blacks, predominantly industrial workers, staged a two-day strike to protest the apartheid system and a host of grievances stemming from apartheid. The strike was organized by the Transvaal Regional Stay-Away Committee, a coalition of 30 unions, community and student organizations. Americans must demand the release of all prisoners and pressure the South African regime into ending its apartheid system and demand that the Reagan Administration end its policy of "constructive engagement" with the South African government. The leaflet says featured speakers are Coleman A. Young, Mayor, City of Detroit; Erma Henderson, President, Detroit City Council; John Conyers, Jr. , Congressman; Owen Bieber, President, International Union, UAW; Marc Stepp, Vice President, International Union, UAW; Nelson Sanders, State Representative; Margaret Baylor, President, Detroit TransAfrica; Mrs. Rosa Parks (Mother of the Civil Rights Movement); Rev. Charles Adams, President Elect, Detroit Branch, NAACP and Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Rev. Edmund Szoka, Archbishop of Detroit Diocese; and Al Kushner, Executive Director, Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Detroit. Sponsoring organizations are NAACP-Detroit Chapter; the National Lawyers Guild; the Michigan Coalition of Human Rights; the Political Education Action Cooperative; the Midwest Coalition Against Apartheid; the Detroit Association of Black Organizations; the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; the 1st Congressional District Democratic Party; International Union, UAW; Metropolitan AFL-CIO; UJAMA; the Detroit Urban League; the Michigan Inner Faith Committee on Central American Human Rights; the Detroit Federation of Teachers; the National Organization of Women-Detroit Chapter; the U.S. Peace Council-Michigan Chapter; and the Republic of New Africa.
Collection: Aubrey McCutcheon Southern Africa Papers, Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections