Bank of America is the Bank of Apartheid
by African Activist Association, Campuses United Against Apartheid, L.A. Committee of South Africans, National Coalition to Support African Liberation, Southern Africa Support Committee, Working Committee on South Africa
Los Angeles, California, United States
May or June 1978
Southern Africa Support Committee, African Activist Association, Campuses United Against Apartheid, L.A. Committee of South Africans, National Coalition to Support African Liberation, Working Committee on South Africa
Leaflet advertising a pick at Bank of America main office on Friday, June 16, 1978. The leaflet says on June 16, 1976, South African police fired on 15,000 Soweto school children peacefully demonstrating against the apartheid system; over 400 children were murdered, hundreds more were wounded; June 16 marks the beginning of more united & organized struggle against the white minority rule of Vorster; we are showing solidarity with "International Bank Withdrawal Day," on this 2nd anniversary of the Soweto massacre, joining people all over California, the US & Europe. The leaflet asks all individuals, groups, unions & local government to close their Bank of America accounts until they stop all loans to South Africa. The leaflet says Bank of America is our main target because of its major role but other banks investing in South Africa are Wells Fargo, Crocker, Security Pacific, and United Bank of California. The leaflet asks for people's support in demanding that the US government cut all ties with the illegal Vorster government, including diplomatic, economic & military. The leaflet says we support all actions against Bank of America's exploitation of working people here in the US, including red-lining minority communities, job & loan discrimination, and anti- union activity. The leaflet discusses the Sharpeville massacre. The leaflet also advertises a march from where the University of California regents will be asked about divestment from South Africa to a local Krugerrand dealer. [Note: The Working Committee on South Africa is presumably the Working Committee on Southern Africa.]
Used by permission of a former member of the Southern Africa Support Committee.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections