A CALL TO CONSCIENCE A Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy in Southern Africa
by Call to Conscience Network
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, presumably 1986
Contents: The Tragedy • What to the CTC Network? • We Are Called To Act • The Process • Public Protest Pledge • Civil Disobedience Pledge • Sothern Africa Program • The brochure says funeral marchers shot in the back by police in armored trucks, infants slain by random bullets; children rounded up for mass arrest; religious leaders detained without trial; anti-apartheid activists charged with treason; hundreds of political detainees tortured in their cells-such events have dramatized the oppression of 26,000,000 Blacks by the repressive minority White regime in South Africa. The brochure says the desolate Bantustans teem with graves of children who have died from malnutrition, and the security police have killed many others. South Africa stands at a time of crisis from which there is no turning back. The brochure says the independent nations of the Southern Africa region also face a crisis. South Africa's recent attacks against Botswana and Lesotho, military raids into Angola, violations of the peace treaty with Mozambique and threats of economic reprisals against all the nations in the region indicate an increased effort to destabilize their governments and economies. The brochure says U.S. foreign policy toward Southern Africa is in crisis, as well; the U.S. policy of "constructive engagement" and U.S. corporate financial investment have provided strategic support to the apartheid regime throughout the years; this support continues, even today, as the situation in South Africa rapidly deteriorates. The brochure says the Call to Conscience is a pledge taken to demand that the United States Government, its institutions and its corporations cease all actions supporting injustice in South Africa; acting on moral and religious values, individuals and organizations will use non violent protest to challenge policies that strengthen apartheid. The brochure says when you join the Call to Conscience Emergency Response Network, you are participating in a nationwide contingency plan to challenge U.S. support for apartheid. The brochure says we are called to action to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Southern Africa, and are committed to: the abolition of apartheid; the independence of Namibia; the full empowerment of Blacks in South Africa and Namibia, beginning with one person, one vote in a unitary state; the implementation of total divestment/disinvestment; the imposition of mandatory comprehensive economic sanctions; prohibition of all U.S. collaboration with apartheid; non-interference and non-intervention in the frontline states. The brochure says as people of conscience WE ARE COMMITTED: to become dependable participants in the Call to Conscience Emergency Response Network; to lodge protest with public officials, through the use of letters, telephone calls and personal lobbying to support freedom, justice and Black self-determination in southern Africa; to participate in peaceful (lawful) public protests, rallies and demonstrations; some participants will join in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience when called for by the CTC steering committee; to pledge to demonstrate our support for those who engage in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in order to halt U.S. support for the South African regime. The CTC is an independent network supported by the following organizations: American Committee on Africa (ACOA), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Clergy and Laity Concerned, Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa (ECSA), National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Black United Front, National Free South Africa Movement, National Namibia Concerns, National Political Congress of Black Women, Southern Africa Support Project, TransAfrica, United States Student Association, Washington Office on Africa (WOA). [Note: This brochure was distributed by the Hawaii Committee for Africa.]
Used by permission of Jerry Herman, a former member of the Call to Conscience Network.
Collection: Joel Fischer and Renee Furuyama papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections