[Dear Friend, There is an urgent need for anti-apartheid groups to take the political offensive to end U.S. aid to UNITA.]
by Jacqueline Wilson, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
May 15, 1987
Washington Office on Africa
The cover letter says anti-apartheid groups must take the political offensive to end U.S. aid to UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), the South Africa-backed rebel movement led by Jonas Savimbi, and to prevent sanctions against Angola. The movement must counter a strong U.S. right-wing campaign to discredit the Angolan government and to gain support for UNITA as well as UNITA's propaganda in the U.S. The letter asks people to distribute the enclosures, write or call listed legislators who have voted against aid to the Nicaraguan contras but have not consistently opposed aid to UNITA, and urge other legislators who might agree to introduce a bill prohibiting covert and overt aid to UNITA and to oppose all sanctions against Angola. The enclosures says aid to UNITA is aid to South Africa, will not lead to withdrawal of Cuban troops, and will damage U.S. relations with other African countries. Also, UNITA violates human rights, Jonas Savimbi is an unreliable ally, and UNITA cannot win. The mailing includes information about the Clark Amendment, the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors, UNICEF, David Rockefeller, the Front for the National Liberation of Angola (FNLA), Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the Alvor Accord, Portuguese colonial rule, the CIA, and pending legislation on Angola, H.R. 340, H.R. 1074, and S. Res 174. Enclosures include SIX REASON TO OPPOSE AID TO UNITA, a fact sheet ANGOLA AND UNITA, TIME LINE: LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF U.S. AID TO UNITA, and the voting record on measures about Angola and the Contras of members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees has well as swing lists of the House and Senate.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root