[Dear Friend: I urge your support in our efforts to halt the dangerous and unethical exportation of chemical herbicides]

by Charles B. Rangel
Washington, DC, United States
June 29, 1973
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
The mailing says as I am sure you are aware, the United States government and private businesses are exporting excessive amounts of 2,4,5-T herbicides to foreign governments. The mailing says as we have learned from the extensive use of the now-infamous "Agent Orange" in Indochina, of which 2,4,5-T herbicide is the main ingredient, this poisonous chemical is environmentally catastrophic; in fact, it has all but been banned for use in the United States. The mailing says most shocking, and not yet widely known, is the use of herbicides by the regimes of Portugal and South Africa in the perpetration of warfare against their African colonies; much of the 2,4,5-T herbicide that is being used in this horrid operation comes from American government and businesses. The mailing says in light of all of this, I have introduced two pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives. The mailing says H.R. 8573 - "The Herbicide Export Control Act of 1973" will halt all exportation of 2,4,5-T herbicide. The mailing says H.R. 857l - "The Chemical Warfare Prevention Act of 1973" will ban the exportation of all herbicide to Portugal and the Republic of South Africa. The mailing says the two bills have been introduced and referred to the Committee on Banking and Currency, Subcommittee on International Trade, in the House of Representatives; much effort will be required to secure passage in the Committee and by the Congress. You can vital role in making these bills into law by writing or sending a cable to members of the Subcommittee and members of the full Banking and Currency Committee urging them to support the bills. The mailing says a list of the Committee members is enclosed; also enclosed is further information on this issue and my legislative proposals. The letter includes a list of members of the House Committee on Banking and Currency and the Subcommittee on International Trade.
Collection: Brenda Randolph Africa archive, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections