Contents: Summary pf activities of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) in 1961. • A. Work on the case of Dr. Cassim M. Jadwat, a South African national of Indian background. • B. Issued statements on the Angola situation. • C. In order to combat the effect of the work of the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters, ACOA issued a statement analyzing the importance of the U.N. operation in the Congo and warned about impact of possible secession of Katanga. • D. Prepared and widely distributed among the delegations at the United Nations materials on sanctions against South Africa (by Dr. Bruce Birkenhead of the Department of Economics at Brooklyn College) and Portuguese reforms in Angola. • E. Sent letter to the Chairman of the Board of the First National City Bank protesting a $5 million loan to the South African Industrial Development Corporation. • F. Arranged for representative of Algerian Provisional Government, Mr. A.K. Chanderli, to go to Washington. • G. Made initial arrangements for Robert Young and Charles Dorkins of N.B.C. to go into the rebel-held territory of northern Angola. • H. Because of the many activities of the ACOA in criticizing Portuguese rule in Angola, the public relations firm of Selvage and Lee, working under a contract to Portuguese companies, began a public attack of ACOA. • III. ACOA PROGRAMS • A. Literature • Statement on the Congo • New Basic Brochure • B. Speakers Service and Other Projects • Speakers Service • Film on Angola • C. Africa Defense and Aid Fund • South Africa • South West Africa • Basutoland • East Africa • Central Africa • Angola • Algeria • Ruanda Urundi • Miscellaneous • Medical Mission to Angola - a Pilot Project • D. Angolan Trip and Emergency Relief to Angola • E. Press Conferences • F. Work with Petitioners • G. Special Events • IV. ORGANIZATION MATTERS • A. Staff Changes • B. Mailing List • C. Finances • Africa Defense and Aid Fund • Outlook for the Future • D. The Board • E. Sub-Committees • F. Local Organization • G. Tax-Exemption • V. THE LOOK AHEAD • The report mentions Tanganyika, outbreak of revolt in Angola on March 15, colonialism, right-wing elements, Dr. Max Yergan, a pro-Tshombe campaign, Portuguese-American Committee on Foreign Affairs, African policy, Kennedy Administration, United Nations resolutions critical of Portugal in Angola, a cultural exchange visa, an immigrant’s visa, American-supplied NATO arms, U.N. operation in the Congo, Richard Kasdan, the F.L.N. (National Liberation Front, FLN), AFRICA TODAY, Malcolm McVeigh, the Eleanor Roosevelt appeal letter, Hazel Gray, Joshua Nkomo, Southern Rhodesia, Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, African independence, New Rochelle College, African Student Leadership, the United Christian Missionary Society, Baldwin-Wallace College, the Unesco Conference in Boston, the film "Angola: Journey to a War," refugees, Northern Rhodesia, Algerian refugees in Tunis, the Algerian Red Crescent Society, the Fourth Committee of the United Nations, the George Houser-John Marcum trip, Holden Roberto, the Union of the Populations of Angola, the Kenya Africa Democratic Union, the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), a reception in honor of the Honorable Angie Brooks, Zelma Brand, Sophia Yarnall Jacobs, James R. Robinson, Emma Thomas, Ethel Mingo, Collin Gonze, Catharine Raymond, Mary Robinson, Deborah Kallen, A. Philip Randolph, the Steering Committee, Peter Weiss, the Executive Board, Betsy Landis, Winifred Courtney, Richard Kasdan, Anne-Marie Stokes, Nelson Bengston, Joseph Jablow, Stanley Levison, Frank Montero, the Northern California Committee on Africa, Mary-Louise Hooper, the Washington Committee on Africa, Lewis Carliner of the United Auto Workers, William B. Landis, Adrian DeWind, Portuguese territories, the U.S. Mission to the UN, the State Department, Congressional leaders, and U.S. policy. [Note: Bruce B. Birkenhead is apparently T. Bruce Birkenhead; a copy of a paper by him, likely the one mentioned in this report, is available on this website.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections