Re: Anti-Apartheid Sit-In
by Swarthmore College Divestment Coalition
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
September 12, 1985
Memorandum to Swarthmore College Administrative Staff about a sit-in at Parrish Hall to protest the College’s investment in South Africa. The Swarthmore College Divestment Coalition is asking Swarthmore’s Board of Managers to join the growing number of universities, states, unions, and cities (like Philadelphia) who have withdrawn their support of apartheid by divesting funds in companies doing business in South Africa. A proposal for three-year phased divestment of these funds was presented to the Board last Spring, but it was postponed to the Fall meeting. A 24-hour candle-light vigil is in process to show support for the proposal and to increase awareness about the urgency of responding to police repression in South Africa. The Divestment Coalition has been composed primarily of students, but faculty, staff, administrators, and community members are invited to join. The memorandum mentions the Botha government (P.W. Botha), the College endowment, the Sullivan Principles, Rev. Leon Sullivan, the history of racist rule in South Africa, the Friends Meeting House, donations, the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), victims of South African repression, guest speakers, theatrical activities, the petition for Swarthmore divestment, President Fraser, Laura Hall, Rebecca Hinton, Rajen Naidoo, Tristan Reader, Dan Tarlin, and Steve Wiley.
Used by permission of former members of the Swarthmore College Divestment Coalition.
Collection: Stephen B. Crofts Wiley papers