Subject: Resolution Regarding Community Hearing on Apartheid

by James E. Coates, Council of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC, United States
June 2, 1975
Publisher: Council of the District of Columbia
4 pages
Type: Memorandum
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Memorandum to Council Members of the Council of the District of Columbia from Reverend James E. Coates, Chairman, Employment and Economic Development Committee. The memorandum says Mr. Chairman, Members of the Council, today we shall deviate from the normal language regarding the introduction of legislation, merely because we do not deem it as a pleasure in 1975 to have to introduce legislation to sever business relations between cur city government and companies that, at times have formed the economic backbone of this country; however, due to the very moral nature that surrounds the subject of apartheid, and those that assist and perpetuate its continuousness on the minorities of South Africa in the name of big business, I feel compelled by all forms  of freedom and oppression to introduce this resolution to direct this city government to refrain from doing all business of any aspect with those companies who, for the sake of profit, continue to aid South Africa's low level of employment, thereby in fact participating in that government's practice of apartheid. The memorandum includes a draft A RESOLUTION that calls upon the District of Columbia City government to cease doing all business with certain companies that assist and perpetuate apartheid in South Africa. The memorandum discuses Control Data, IBM, ITT, Motorola, the Council of Churches of Greater Washington, the Social Justice Task Force, and selective purchasing.
Collection: Patricia L. Beeman Southern Africa Liberation Committee collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections