RE: Board Meeting, Tuesday September 21, at 6:00 pm at the office, 198 Broadway, NYC
by American Committee on Africa
with Jennifer Davis
New York, New York, United States
September 7, 1982
8 pages
Contents: Attendance • 2. Developments in Africa • 3. Reports • a/ Trip to Cuba • b/ United Nations Meetings • c/ Outreach • d/ State and Local Divestment Campaign • e/ Research • f/ ACOA Briefs on Public Statement, Action Alert, Mailing to Human Rights Groups and key Congresspeople, and Cultural Boycott, g/ Future Plans - Student work, Discussion with Abdul Minty about World Campaign Against Nuclear and Military Collaboration with South Africa, and Literature • h/ Material Aid • i/ Legal Action • 3. Recommendations from the Sub-Committee on Archives Disposition • 5. Developments in Washington, DC • 6. Finance Report • Cover letter and minutes of the Executive Board meeting of June 28, 1982, with reprints of newspaper articles that “hint at possible U.S. participation in the current South African attempts to destabilize Angola” ("Expresso story leads to stained relations," Windhoek Advertiser, August 11, 1982; "Evidence of 'SA plot' missing" by Jill Jollife, The Guardian, August 17, 1982; and "Kubango project combined military thrust to topple Luanda – Expresso," Windhoek Advertiser, August 9, 1982). The minutes mention Jennifer Davis’ and George Houser’s trip to Cuba (including the Center for African Studies, Isle of Youth, SWAPO school, and Ethiopian school).  Jerry Herman reported on tours to Texas and Colorado, organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), that also included Dumisani Kumalo, Gay McDougall, and a representative of the African National Congress (ANC), and a follow-up meeting in Houston with Kumalo and William (Bill) Booth. Elizabeth (Betsy) Landis, Jean Sindab, and Davis reported on negotiations about Namibia and Angola and about Mozambique.  Davis spoke about the militarization of Namibia and the South Atlantic Treaty Organization at a Council for Namibia meeting in Vienna. Houser and Gail Hovey spoke before the Special Committee Against Apartheid, and Kumalo spoke before the Decolonization Committee about disinformation from the Namibian Council of Ministers. Kumalo reported on state and local divestment bills, including in Philadelphia and Connecticut. Hovey reported on literature produced about trade union activity for black workers in South Africa (by Sandy Boyer), Anglo American Corporation’s investments in the U.S. (by Ruth Kaplan), divestment monitoring (including universities, unions, and churches), case study of the Bophuthatswana Bantustan (by Richard Knight), U.S. corporate involvement in Namibia (by Jim Cason and Hovey), women under apartheid, and Krugerrands. ACOA hosted a premiere of the film "Blood and Sand: War in the Sahara" by Sharon Sopher and a discussion with Mozambique Minister of Information Jose CabaŅ«o and Dr. Comiche of the Development Bank. Cultural boycott reports included the Harlem Globetrotters and a possible Holmes/Coetzee fight in South Africa. Material aid work included penicillin and women’s underwear (collected in Indiana) for Namibian refugees and SWAPO.  ACOA is working on legal actions in cooperation with the Center for Constitutional Rights (regarding U.S. intelligence activity) and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (regarding uranium and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission).  ACOA Archives will go to the Amistad Research Center, with financial help from United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, instead of to the Schomburg Center. Report from Washington by Sindab discussed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Honorary Consulates, and bills introduced by Hart, Ottinger, Urdal ,Bingham, Rangel, Wolpe, Gray, and Solarz. The minutes mention Jennifer Garvey, Marshall Brown, Edward May, Stephanie Urdang, Josephine Buck-Jones, Paul Irish, Richard Lapchick, Ted Lockwood, Peter Weiss, and Isabel Cintron.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections