Bulletin of the Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws

(Bulletin No. 2)
by African National Congress, South African Indian Congress, Americans for South African Resistance
New York, New York, United States
Undated, late June or early July 1952
Publisher: Americans for South African Resistance
3 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: French
Contents: Unforgettable Scenes as Organised Defiance Begins • Walter Sisulu Arrested • Charged with Conspiracy • Why These Laws Were Selected for Defiance • The newsletter reports on the launching on June 26 of the Defiance of Unjust Laws campaign; selected volunteers broke apartheid laws in six centres in South Africa. Batches of disciplined volunteers were arrested in Johannesburg, Boksburg Location, Orlando, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, and Worcester in the Cape Province, defying the Permit Regulations, Curfew Regulations, and apartheid laws at the railway station and Post Office. The newsletter mentions the African National Congress (ANC), Transvaal Indian Congress, South African Indian Congress (SAIC), Yusuf Cachalia, Odendaalarust, the Orange Free State, police using machine guns against African men and women demonstrating against extension of the "Pass Laws" to women, mass meetings to recruit volunteers, the Minister of Justice, the Indian Youth Congress, leaders in prison (such as Johnson Ngwevela, Ismail Bhoola, Yusuf Dadoo, Moses Kotane, David Bipape, and J.B. Marks), banning and then arrest of Sam Kahn (former member of Parliament), Nana Sita, Flag Boshielo, armed police, Nelson Mandela, National Action Committee, and the Youth League. [Note on date: This document is a U.S. reprint of a document produced in South Africa shortly after June 26th. This document was digitized by Zac Peterson who provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Swarthmore College Peace Collection