The newsletter reports that California Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, denounced the Nigerian military government and called on African American leaders to work for human rights and democracy in Africa at the Africa Fund's National Consultation on U.S. Policy Toward Africa in Washington on April 19. The newsletter says nineteen supporters of executed Nigerian environmentalist and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa are approaching their third year in prison awaiting trial for their peaceful opposition to Shell Oil's pollution in Nigeria's Ogoni oil fields. The newsletter includes a photograph of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of imprisoned Nigerian President-elect Moshood Abiola, speaking at a Sierra Club meeting in New York. Another photograph depicts Wyatt Tee Walker, Rev. Joan Campbell, Bishop Felton May, Jennifer Davis, and Rev. Tyrone Pitts at the White House to discuss Nigeria policy. The newsletter recommends “Ogoni: The Struggle Continues,” a special report published by the World Council of Churches. The newsletter also discusses Dapo Olorunyomi, California State Senator Diane Watson, Donald Payne, Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, the Mobil Oil Company, National Security Council Advisor Samuel Berger, Susan Rice, Reverend Joan Campbell, the National Council of Churches, Shell Oil Company, Chevron, the NAACP, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Americans for Democratic Action, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Free Nigeria Movement, Project Underground, National Conscience Party of Nigeria, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chief Anthony Enahoro, National Democratic Coalition of Nigeria (NADECO), Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Amnesty International,The Body Shop, Goodluck Diigbo, the National Election Commission, Sani Abacha, Mangedwa Nyathi, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Dr. Michael Battle, Virginia State University, and the United Methodist Church. Contents: Congressional Black Caucus Chair Maxine Waters Condemns Nigerian Dictatorship at Africa Fund Conference • Religious Leaders Press White House On Nigeria Sanctions • New Forces For Nigerian Democracy • Global Day of Action Targets Shell • Nobel Laureate Among 16 Democracy Leaders Charged With Treason • Massachusetts Towns Impose Sanctions on Nigerian Dictatorship; Activists Score Successes in Amherst, Cambridge • Imprisoned Environmentalists Tortured • Doubts About Transition Timetable • No Blood For Oil! Free The Ogoni 19!
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root