PEOPLE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN FREEDOM
by People for Southern African Freedom
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Undated, about late 1977 or 1978
The pamphlet about People for Southern African Freedom (PSAF) discusses the roots of the struggle in Southern Africa and the role Americans can play in support of its just and humane resolution. Since World War II, the continent of Africa has been undergoing a profound transformation; out of a vast area that was almost totally colonized by major western powers there have emerged more than 40 independent states. Since 1975, when the Portuguese colonial empire fell to the liberation forces, world attention has focused more and more on three countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), and Namibia (South West Africa). Close to 400 U.S.-based corporations operate in the Republic of South Africa, and U.S. banks have loaned over $800 million to South African government-controlled corporations in 1976 alone. The pamphlet says PSAF’s aim is to support the freedom forces of Southern Africa. Important objectives include exposing the roles of the U.S. government and multinational corporations in propping up the apartheid regimes and pressuring them to get out of Southern Africa. PSAF using activities including resolutions, petitions, demonstrations, boycotts and speakers to further its aims. The brochure discusses apartheid, colonialism, the U.N. General Assembly, the 1920 League of Nations mandate, the Southwest African People’s Organization (SWAPO), the Patriotic Front, Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) and Zimbabwe People’s Army (ZIPA), Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Morgan Guaranty, First National Bank of Chicago, Bank of America, President Carter, Ambassador Young, Mobil Oil, Lockheed, Avco Lycoming, and the Freedom Charter. • BACKGROUND • South Africa • Homelands • Townships • Work • Education • Namibia (Southwest Africa) • Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) • WHY AMERICANS SHOULD BE CONCERNED • WHY "PROGRESSIVE" U.S. CORPORATIONS CANNOT LIBERALIZE APARTHEID • A TRUE MANIFESTO FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA • LOCAL ACTION IN SUPPORT OF AFRICAN FREEDOM
Used by permission of former members of People for Southern African Freedom.
Collection: Bob Guldin Southern African Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections