by Anti-Apartheid Committee for Selective Purchasing
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, Fall 1975
4 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The document makes these 15 arguments: 1. CDC (Control Data Corporation), IBM (International Business Machines), ITT (International Telephone & Telegraph), and Motorola have been shown to play strategic roles in the operation, maintenance, and enforcement of apartheid. • 2. Workers in South Africa are exploited; workers in American cities, such as D.C., lose jobs. • 3. International profiteers of human exploitation compete with, and overwhelm, small local business effort. • 4. Multinational corporations are self-policing, and attempt to transcend accountability to citizens or governments. • 5. The language of big business is the most effective way to communicate with big business. • 6. Selective purchasing is merely the transaction of city business in a manner congruent with City concerns and standards. • 7. Selective purchasing is feasible. • 8. The economic impact in D.C. would be negligible. • 9. D.C. knows the inhumanity of racism. • 10. D.C. knows the degradation of imposed political rule. • 11. D.C. hosts the most powerful national government in the world. • 12. D.C. is a city with international visibility. • 13. D.C. is a major Afro-American center in the U.S. • 14. Things are not improving in South Africa. • 15. The time is critical for the apartheid system. • The report mentions the 1961 Sharpeville Massacre, a massive loan by U.S. banks, U.S. corporate leaders, government contractors, the white South African Parliament, U.S. corporate leaders, profit maximization, non-union areas, a captive African workforce, registered trade unions, human rights laws, social accountability, local government, stockholders resolutions, City Council Memorandum by James Coates, institutionalized racism, segregated facilities, neo-colonialism, freedom, the South African Department of Information, a Black majority population, a Black-controlled municipal government, petty apartheid, racial-political disenfranchisement, the Bantustan system, police crackdowns on anti-apartheid dissenters, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), white minority regime in Rhodesia, African nationalists, the United Nations, Prime Minister Vorster, a white supremacist nation, African nationalism, growing unrest, public relations efforts, strikes, arrests, "subversion" trials, gun sales to white citizens, and peaceful methods of persuasion.
Collection: Patricia L. Beeman Southern Africa Liberation Committee collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections