(Vol. 1, No. 4)
by West Coast Division South Africa Defense Fund, American Committee on Africa
with Mary-Louise Hooper (Editor)
San Francisco, California, United States
December 1959
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom, United Nations
Language: English
Contents: A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT • THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF TREASON TRIAL • FT. HARE TAKEN OVER BY GOVERNMENT • THE U.N. AND SOUTHWEST AFRICA • CHRISTIAN NATIONAL EDUCATION • NEW UN APPROACH TO APARTHEID • BANISHMENT - SOUTH AFRICAN STYLE • AFL-CIO SUPPORTS AFRICAN LABOR • News Note • THE CHIEF by Alfred Hutchinson • TAXATION AND AFRICAN POVERTY • GROUP AREAS INJUSTICE STIR PROTESTS • RECOMMENDED PUBLICATIONS • WEST COAST DEFENSE FUND NOTES • BOYCOTTING SOUTH AFRICAN GOODS • The newsletter includes lyrics about injustices in South Africa to the tune of "Good King Wenceslas" and quotes Dr. G.M. Naicker, a leading Ghandhi-ite, and Julius Nyerere. The drawn-out Treason Trial is discussed, mentioning the African National Congress (ANC), Father Trevor Huddleston, Chief A.J. Lutuli, Detective Sargent T.E. Moeller, and additional financial support needed. Professor Z.K. Matthews resigned in response to the government take-over of Fort Hare University College. Petitioners (including Michael Scott) and motions to the United Nations Fourth Committee were reported. Ghana’s UN representative made a modest recommendation about South Africa, and the General Assembly adopted a mild resolution. Among 80 people South Africa has banished in last ten years is Elizabeth Mafakeng, President of the African Food and Canning Workers' Union and Vice President of the ANC Women’s League. The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO adopted a resolution urged the AFL-CIO to continue to support of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and its campaign on behalf of the African workers and to consider a proposal being discussed within the ICFTU for a boycott of South African goods. Report on increased taxes imposed on Africans, despite existing poverty, and even starvation in urban areas such as Cato Manor in Durban; the article quotes Alan Paton. Forced removals in Cape Town and Durban are reported, carrying out the Group Areas Act. A benefit performance in California of "Lost in the Stars" by the Festival Theatre Players (with thanks to Elizabeth Berryhill and Jock McRae) was the largest source of funds raised by the West Coast Defense Fund. The West Coast Representative has given 17 lectures in five months, and Mrs. Karl Hanson introduced Joshua Nkomo to a meeting in San Francisco. The All-African Peoples Conference in Accra and the Afro-Asian Solidarity Conference in Cairo call for a boycott of South African goods. The newsletter urges a boycott South African imports into the U.S. such as canned lobster tail and clothing. [Note: Lutuli is an alternative spelling of Luthuli.] 
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