Subject: Anti-Apartheid Selective Purchasing Resolution
by James Coates, Council of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC, United States
June 24, 1975
Council of the District of Columbia
Contents: 1) Why have CDC, IBM, ITT and Motorola been targeted out of the U.S. companies in South Africa? • 2) Is there a detailed research document on the South African operations of these companies? • 3) Would this resolution effect past purchases by the city from CDC, IBM, ITT and Motorola? • 4) Are there feasible alternative sources for the products of these four companies? • 5) Has there been any community consideration of this issue? • 6) Have any major local organizations taken action on this issue? • 7) Is there any guideline for this type of action in Washington? • Memorandum by Washington, DC City Council member James Coates to other members of the City Council. The memorandum says the question of complicity in South Africa's apartheid by the four designated companies is answered by the documentation indicating their conformity to the three criteria: substantial investments in wholly owned South African subsidiaries; a number of important and critical contracts with the South African government; and a low level of African employment. The memorandum says the central question is whether ceasing to contract for goods and services with the designated companies would adversely impact the operations of the city government and its capacity to deliver public services; it is my strong belief that such adjusted purchasing from alternative sources for the targeted companies' products is not only a socially responsible step for our city, but one which could be feasibly' implemented without effecting the efficient functioning of city operations. The memorandum discusses the Anti-Apartheid Committee for Selective Purchasing, substantial investment in wholly owned South African subsidiaries, important and critical contracts with the South African government, African employment, typewriters, Adler, Facit, Olivetti, Olympia, Royal, SCM; computers, Burroughs, Data General, Digital Equipment, Honeywell, NCR, Singer, Sperry Rand, communications equipment, the Council of Churches of Greater Washington, human rights, Title 34, Control Data Corporation (CDC), IBM (International Business Machines Corporation), and standards for multi-national businesses that operate in our community.
Collection: Patricia L. Beeman Southern Africa Liberation Committee collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections