REPEAL THE BYRD AMENDMENT
Rally at the Capitol Sat. July 27th 1 pm
by Coalition to Stop Rhodesian Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, about July 1974
Leaflet advertising a rally at the Capitol in Washington, DC on July 27, 1974, with speakers Tapson Mawere, North American Representative of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), and rank and file longshoremen. A bill to repeal the Byrd Amendment is now before the House of Representatives; passage of this amendment in 1971 allowed importation of certain goods from the white minority colonial regime of Rhodesia (called Zimbabwe by Africans) in violation of United Nations sanctions against Rhodesia that were passed in 1966 and 1968. The leaflet discusses the political significance of the U.S. violating these sanctions and argues that repealing the Byrd amendment will require public protest and direct action. It argues that dockworker's boycotts of Rhodesian goods in several eastern ports are a strong statement that racism and slavery are no more acceptable in Africa than in America. In addition to the Byrd amendment, the U.S. government violates sanctions by permitting advertisement for tourism to Rhodesia. U.S. involvement in Indochina provides evidence of deception by the Nixon administration. The leaflet includes a photograph of “students and longshoremen protesting the first U.S. violation of sanction against Rhodesia after the Byrd Amendment was passed,” where “scab workers required an armed escort through the picket lines.” The leaflet also mentions New York, Henry Lieberg, Baltimore, Dan Hungerford, and the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe. • END U.S. CORPORATE SUPPORT FOR THE RHODESIAN REGIME
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