WHY THE SHANTYTOWN????
by Divest Now Coalition
Urbana, Illinois, United States
Undated, about April 6 or 7, 1986
Leafleting asking people to attend a mass rally and vigil, sign a petition, wear a red ribbon symbolizing the continuing bloodshed in South Africa, and join people at the shantytown. Shantytowns are a visible and tenacious form of mass resistance in South Africa. Under Apartheid, black South Africans are denied all legal rights and access to their own country. They are assigned and often forcibly removed to areas called bantustans and prohibited from entering white areas except with special permission. Because bantustans are virtually devoid of economic resources, healthy men and sometimes women are forced to leave their homes and families in search of work for months at a time; the bantustans become dumping grounds for what the South African government calls 'superfluous appendages' - women, children, the old, the sick, or workers fired for labor unrest. The shantytowns symbolize black South Africans determination to live where they choose. The leaflet says the white crosses are in memory of the more than 1,500 blacks who have been killed in civil unrest in South Africa this past year. The leaflet calls for stopping university complicity with this brutal regime. The leaflet mentions bulldozers, John Deere, and Caterpillar. This item was digitized by Jeff Machota who provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.
Used by permission for former members of the Divest Now Coalition.
Collection: Progressive Resource Action Cooperative and Divest Now Coalition Collection, Urbana Free Library