[A coalition of Philadelphia-based groups has announced that they will attempt to block the unloading of 4,500 bags of Rhodesian asbestos …]
by Coalition to Stop Rhodesian Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
December 14, 1973
The press release says a coalition of Philadelphia-based groups will attempt to block the unloading of 4,500 bags of Rhodesian asbestos from the African Neptune, which will be docked at the Packer Ave. Terminal tomorrow, December 15, 1973, between 7:00 and 8:00 A.M. Importing Rhodesian goods violates a United Nations boycott. On December 1, the Coalition to Stop Rhodesian Imports delayed the unloading in Philadelphia of 3,480 bags of Rhodesian asbestos fiber from the African Sun. In Baltimore on December 12, this same coalition prevented the unloading of Rhodesian nickel from the same ship. Black and white longshoremen in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Louisiana have refused to unload shipments from Rhodesia. The Coalition includes The Peoples Fund, The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Revolutionary Union, the Free Press, the Philadelphia Life Center, the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, the Anti-Imperialist Committee in Solidarity with Africa, Philadelphia Resistance, the Black United Liberation Front, and the Black Economic Development Conference. The press release has a quote by Simeon White. The press release mentions the U.S. Congress, Union Carbide, Foot Mineral, policies of racial discrimination, the wages of African workers, ferrochrome plants in the U.S., Erick Young, a bill introduced by Senator Hubert Humphrey to repeal the Byrd Amendment and reimpose sanctions, and an informal filibuster by Sen. Harry Byrd.
Used by permission of former members of Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections