STATEMENT BY THE POLAROID REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS MOVEMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE POLICIES OF APARTHEID
by Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
February 3, 1971
In its statement before the UN Special Committee, the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement (PRWM) explains that it is a group of black workers at the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts who are protesting against the sale of Polaroid products in South Africa. On October 8, 1970 the PRWM presented the Polaroid Corporation with three demands: 1) that Polaroid announce a policy of complete disengagement from South Africa, 2) that the management meet the entire company and announce its position on apartheid in the U.S. and in South Africa simultaneously, and 3) that the company donate all its profits from South Africa to the recognized African liberation movement in that country. The statement discusses apartheid, ID-2 machines, the South African Army and Air Force, Frank & Hirsch, the passbook program, film, and Thomas Wyman. [Note: This statement was apparently presented by Ken Williams and Caroline Hunter, both of whom appeared before the Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa that day.]
Used by permission of Caroline Hunter, co-founder of the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement.
Collection: Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections