Minutes, ACOA Executive Board Meeting, September 30, 1976

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after September 30, 1976 and before the next Executive Board meeting in December
3 pages
Contents: Attendance • 2. Brief Reports • a) Poster Campaign • b) Ray Gould’s work the national black press • c) Gould reported on an all-day seminar on race and sport and a demonstration at the South African Hospitality Center at the Montreal Olympic Games. • d) Literature • e) Bill Anderson • 3. Finance Report • 4. Ballot for trustees of the Africa Fund • 5. Report on Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau • 6. Current Issues – George Houser had prepared a memo to send to candidates in the 1976 presidential election stating the following positions that the United States should take regarding southern Africa: a) state publicly that it will not recognize the independence of the Transkei, negotiate for a naval base in the Transkei, or engage in other acts "short of recognition" that would be tantamount to recognition; b) support Decree #1 of the UN Council for Namibia; c) adopt a policy of discouraging investments in South Africa and encouraging withdrawal, and should prohibit new or expanded investments; d) implement an embargo cutting off any materials and technology to South Africa that could be used for military purposes and prohibit all military relationships; e) end tax credits to U.S. firms doing business in Namibia or South Africa and Zimbabwe, and develop a program of tax disincentives; f) support Angola's membership in the United Nations and recognize the People's Republic of Angola; g) increase assistance to Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau; h) make a generous contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund for South Africa; i) continue Rhodesian sanctions until the United Nations removes them and extend them to third-country subsidiaries of U.S. corporations; j) provide direct assistance to political refugees and opponents of apartheid; k) break off diplomatic relationships with South Africa until the system of apartheid has been totally ended. • 7. Kissinger's Shuttle Diplomacy • 8. Black Leadership Conference on Southern Africa • The minutes discuss a poster competition, with prizes, liberation movements, Herb Yavel, Carlton Goodlett, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, literature sales, The Africa Fund, the South African army, Dennis Brutus, atrocities, the British Manchester Guardian, Robert Boehm, Lionel Rogosin, the PAIGC, Maputo, Cabo Delgado, FRELIMO, the USAID contract with the African American Scholars  Council, a meeting called in Washington under the auspices of the Black Caucus, a permanent lobby on southern Africa, Dorothy Hibbert, William Booth, Elombe Brath, Marshall Brown, Robert Browne, Goler Butcher, Elsie Carrington, Michael Davis, Jay Jacobson, Leonard Jeffries, Elizabeth Landis, Tilden LeMelle, Edward May, Oseye Mchawi, Gail Morlan, Herbert Shore, Timothy Smith, Richard Stevens, Robert Van Lierop, Jennifer Davis, Richard Knight, Marvin Rich, and Gil Noble.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections