by Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, August or early September 1975
3 pages
Contents: I. The Significance of Southern Africa • II. The Present Mobilization in Support of African Liberation • III. Goals and National Coordination • The proposal for a national coalition says southern Africa has become an increasingly important battleground between imperialism and national liberation, and national liberation forces have shown they can defeat the colonial powers militarily and politically. Angola and Mozambique have won independence, and the struggle continues to educate people and develop their economies in the face of boycott and sabotage by the capitalist world. These countries also continue to aid forces fighting for liberation in Namibia and Zimbabwe. Advances of the past few years are bringing the armed struggle toward South Africa itself. In many major U.S. cities, large numbers of people have demonstrated in support of liberation and against the activities of U.S. imperialists; examples include "U.S. Out of Angola" mobilizations from November to February 7, May Day Anti-Apartheid actions, and support for the Soweto uprisings. Many local and national organizations have sprung up or gained new strength to address various aspects of liberation support work. The next step is to bring all these forces together nationally on a program expressed in these slogans: End All U.S. Support for South Africa, and Stop Racist Attacks at Home. The goal is to expose conditions in South Africa and the U.S. role in maintaining them; the key to mobilizing people is concretely linking U.S. activity in southern Africa to the day-to-day problems faced in the U.S. The memorandum says September 24-25 are important days in African liberation, marking the independence of Guinea-Bissau and the beginning of the armed struggle in Mozambique. The national premieres of Robert Van Lierop's new movie about the continuing revolution in Mozambique, "O Povo Organizado" will be on September 25. The memo encourages demonstrations at every appearance of the presidential candidates during the election period. The press is maintaining a news blackout of support for African liberation in the U.S., and spirited, frequent protests, even if they are not massive, may help to crack it. The memorandum also mentions diverse groups (black political organizations community groups, Marxist-Leninist groups, anti-war and student groups, liberal white forces, church groups, Black churches, leftist political organizations, and independent communist organizations), the Communist Party, the Worker's World Party, working people, U.S. Out of Angola Coalition in Chicago, Philadelphia Coalition for Justice in Angola, encouragement of racism, ROAR in Boston, Nazis in Chicago, restoration of the death penalty, Gary Tyler, jobs, social services, educational materials, cultural events, and police brutality.
Used by permission of former members of the Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections