FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
by Clergy and Laity Concerned
Denver, Colorado, United States
June 16, 1972
The press release says William R. Cox, Coordinator of U.S. Public Relations for Gulf Oil Corporation, will be in Denver on June 21, to meet with a delegation from Clergy and Laity Concerned Southern Africa Project about Gulf's involvement in the Portuguese colony of Angola. Cox is arriving from Pittsburgh, Pa. at the suggestion of Dr. James Early, Mr. Dean Kloepper, and Mr. George Paulson of Gulf Mineral Resources Corp. He will answer questions that were presented at a meeting on April 25, 1972, between Gulf and six delegates from CALC led by Dr. Ed Hawley, Center for International Race Relations, Denver University. Gulf and its subsidiaries have been under mounting pressure on this issue, including challenges at their shareholder meetings in 1971 and 1972. Cornell and Princeton Universities have disposed of their Gulf stock, and the City of Dayton, Ohio recently rejected the company's low bid for the municipal gas and oil contract largely because of the Angolan situation. The issue was brought to public attention in June, 1970, when the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ voted to ask its members to turn in their Gulf Oil credit cards in protest. Gulf responded with intensive public relations efforts and threatened legal action; the Conference nonetheless reaffirmed its decision by an even larger majority at their annual meeting in June, 1971.
Used by permission of former members of Clergy and Laity Concerned.
Collection: Brenda Randolph Africa archive, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections