[Dear friends of Rhodesian freedom]

by Edgar Lockwood, Christine Root, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
December 31, 1973
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
12 pages
Cover letter to activists in Pennsylvania, with two enclosers: BILL TO STRENGTHEN RHODESIAN SANCTIONS WINS IN THE SENATE and WHY CONGRESS SHOULD STRENGTHEN U.S. COMPLIANCE WITH U.N. SANCTIONS AGAINST RHODESIA. The Senate voted to bring the U.S. back into line with United Nations' sanctions against Rhodesia. House vote on  H.R. 8005 is expected in March. Congress is going into recess - a good time to visit with Representatives. Senator Schweiker switched his vote on S. 1868 to vote for renewing sanctions. This would not have happened without several delegations, particularly those from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and Lincoln University, who visited with him in person and then organized and wrote for the media afterward. The group from Lincoln delivered a petition with 900 names to his office. The Pittsburgh group demonstrated linkage with old-line civil rights' leadership whom Schweiker had voted with before, as well as significant Catholic and Protestant church groups. The letter includes other organizing suggestions. The enclosed position paper discusses conditions in Rhodesia and why sanctions are important both to change in Rhodesia and to the United States; use arguments you think will be effective. The mailing mentions Senators Harry Byrd, Gale McGee, and Hubert Humphrey, the Byrd Amendment, a filibuster, the Subcommittee on Africa, the Foreign Relations Committee, Black voters, Louisiana, white minority rule, the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Thomas Morgan, the Foreign Affairs Committee, land, African labor, Europeans, the Rhodesian Front regime, chrome, nickel, asbestos, copper, iron ore, coal, tin, modern weapons, military tactics, police-state controls, the Shona and Ndebele people, Cecil Rhodes' mercenary army, Ndabaningi Sithole, Joshua Nkomo, the African National Council, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), South African troops, suppressing the guerilla activities, Portuguese troops, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Rhodesian minerals, Ian Smith, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Peter M. Flanigan, the Soviet Union (USSR), Deputy Secretary of Defense N.P. Clements, Jr., Congressman Donald Fraser, chromite, the U.S. stockpile, the domestic ferrochrome industry, Nigeria, Portugal's colonial African wars, and the oil industry.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Brenda Randolph Africa archive, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections