ACOA Executive Board Meeting, April 2, 1975
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after April 2, 1975 and before the next Executive Board meeting
Contents: Attendance • 2. George Houser asked that we discuss the situation in Zimbabwe, the death of Herbert Chitepo, ZANU chairman, the arrest of ZANU leaders in Lusaka, the trial of ZANU President Rev. Ndaboningi Sithole • 3. George Houser reported that the consultation on southern Africa issues approved by the Board at its last meeting was successfully held in January • 4. Jennifer Davis and Ted Lockwood reported on Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the nomination of Nathaniel Davis to be Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and the frustration of those opposing the nomination in raising serious issues. • 5. Paul Irish reported on demonstrations, film showings and commemorations held in New York on March 21, the Sharpeville anniversary. • 6. Irish and Davis attended a consultation called by Dr. Robert Powell (of the National Council of Churches Africa Working Group) concerning a proposal by Courtland Cox (of the Center for National Security Studies) about developing a platform on South Africa issues for the 1976 campaign. • 7. Corporate actions • a) ACOA’s "action alert" including the churches’ proxy statement on IBM in South Africa • b) Stockholder actions about The Southern Company (about its importing South African coal) and Union Carbide (about its South Africa investment and importing Rhodesian chrome) • 8. Irish reported on a meeting of radical groups from the South (200 persons) in Atlanta that formed a Coalition to Stop South African Coal. • 9. Irish reported on legal cases: Times case at the State Court of Appeals; Namibia seal case awaiting the court's judgement; and appeal of the Civil Aeronautics Board ruling in favor of South African Airways • 10. Pamphlet on Mozambique by Houser and Herb Shore • 11. Houser and Ray Gould’s trip to Africa • Actions of the Baltimore and Philadelphia boycott groups at the docks meant that the Ditte Skou was not offloaded in Philadelphia. Jennifer Davis and Bill Booth would participate along with Timothy (Tim) Smith in hearings sponsored by the DC Council of Churches about IBM and other companies to pressure the DC School Board to adopt an institutional boycott of four companies involved in South Africa. Richard Knight is now handling literature orders. The minutes mention the Customs Commissioner, low-sulphur coal, anti-slavery statutes, a pamphlet on Cape Verde by Richard Lobban, NSSM 39, analysis by Sue Rogers on South African labor conditions, Elizabeth Landis, ACOA and Washington Office mailings, Marshall Brown, Robert Browne, Lawrence Henderson, Janet Hooper, Bill Johnston, Edgar Lockwood, Gail Morlan, Adelaide Schulkind, Donald Wilson, Andrew Norman, Marvin Rich, Seana Sheehan, Catherine Raymond, and Margaret Mead.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections