ACOA BOARD MINUTES December 17, 1981

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after December 17, 1981 and before the next board meeting on March 22, 1982
4 pages
Contents: Board Members • Staff • Apologies • 1) Minutes • 2) Reports • 3) Report from Theo-Ben Gurirab • 4) Forthcoming • 5) Finances • 6) Board • The minutes say Bill Booth reported that he had testified on US policy towards South Africa before the United Nations General Assembly's Special Political Committee. Jennifer Davis reported on the ACOA archives project; several libraries including Yale, Northwestern, Schomberg and the Amistad Research Center are interested in receiving the archives. Clifton H. Johnson from Amistad in New Orleans said they would microfilm materials, thus making them available to African libraries and governments. The Board of Homeland Ministries of the United Church of Christ has given George Houser office space to work on the archives. Criteria for choosing the recipient of the archives would include their availability and financial remuneration to ACOA. Gail Hovey reported on publications; a speech by Theo-Ben Gurirab, "Namibia: For Freedom and Independence" was distributed. "Questions and Answers on Divestment" is about to go to the printer, "Legislative Action Against Apartheid: Connecticut Case Study" and "Black Unions in South Africa" are about to go to the typesetter, a new film list is also about to be completed. Work in progress includes a study of the Anglo-American Corporation and the Namibia pamphlet; plans for next year include a piece on women under apartheid and a case study of a Bantustan. Dumisani Kumalo reported on his recent trip to ten states; he found more interest in South Africa among students and more concern about Reagan's policy. Legislation dealing with South Africa is pending in Minnesota, Michigan, California, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Kumalo attended the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in Baltimore. In AFL-CIO unions, control of pension funds can be linked to South Africa, and the issue of control is becoming more and more important. Diana Ross is scheduled to go to South Africa to sing, and a campaign is under way to keep her from going. Hovey reported that a resolution has been introduced in the New York City Council calling for city pension funds to be removed from banks and corporations that operate in South Africa. Davis reported on a mailing to US trade union leaders calling on them to take action in response to the arrests of South African trade union leaders. She stressed the recent escalation in internal terrorism, especially the assassination of lawyer Mlungisi Griffiths Mxenge. Paul Irish reported on material aid to SWAPO; a local support group in Minneapolis is contributing glasses and medical supplies. Richard Knight reported that the US seems ready to get more involved in supporting Morocco at the expense of Polisario. Theo-Ben Gurirab, SWAPO Permanent Observer to the United Nations, discussed developments in Namibia. Josh Nessen reported on student work; there will be regional conferences in January in Berea, Kentucky, and at the University of Illinois, to plan the spring week of action. Also, a planning meeting will be held in New York City on January 16 in cooperation with the Black United Front. Ted Lockwood began a discussion on US policy, noting the need to watch regulations that implement the arms embargo. Four nuclear experts just visited South Africa and 20 South African scientists are studying in the US. The head of the South African railway police and the South African Veterans Association have visited the US. Gail Morlan is changing her name to Gail Hovey. The minutes discuss the DTA (Democratic Turnhalle Alliance), southern Angola, UNITA, negotiations, the Western Five, Reagan, books on African history and political science, the Namibia Institute, the Clark Amendment, Gay McDougall, the Foreign Aid bill, a high-level conference on South Africa at Silver Springs, the African National Congress (ANC), Bill Robinson, Bhagwaite Dwarika, Timothy Smith, Michael Davis, Jean Sindab, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), Edward May, Isabel Cintron Cintron, Elombe Brath, Bill Johnston, Josephine Buck-Jones, Annie King, Crystal Mapp, Peter Weiss, Elizabeth Landis, and Moe Foner. 
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections