Outline for Speakers at CSRSAI Film Shows; For Discussion

by Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, March 1975?
2 pages
Suggestions for Coalition members when speaking at film showings. It suggests covering two topics before the film: 1) What is Happening in Southern Africa, and 2) The Coalition (A. Who we are, and how we got started; B. Response from longshoremen; C. The Coalition’s weaknesses and progress; • D. Why are we so concerned with this?). Regarding Southern Africa, points to present include the role of the colonial powers, the oppressive system of imperialism, and the role of international monopoly corporations, most of which are based in the U.S. People of southern Africa are fighting back -Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, and Angola have won their independence after 10 years of colonial war, and their courageous example spurred the people of Portugal to overthrow the fascist government in Portugal. A general strike in Durban won pay increases and amnesty from prosecution for 50,000 workers; 12 striking miners were shot by company police in January 1974 but the mines have not been without strikes at any time in the past year. After the film, the document suggests pointing out that the film showed our struggles and theirs are against the same enemy. The document says the Coalition is developing another focus of work, to begin a campaign to expose practices of Philadelphia corporations in South Africa and the U.S., and to demand their withdrawal from South Africa and safe working conditions at home. The document also mentions support for racism, military aid to Portugal through NATO, financial support to South African after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, $1.2 billion worth of investment, independence to Bantustans, migrant labor, low wages, unskilled jobs, the denial of democratic rights, passage of the Byrd Amendment, protests by students and longshoremen in Louisiana, Baltimore longshoremen, ALSC (African Liberation Support Committee), AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), pickets, ships, the boycott, a massive demonstration at the waterfront, South African and Rhodesian cargo, police harassment, U.S. workers, the threat of unemployment, urban removal of poor and black people, fighting back, houses, land, trade unions, political parties, unjust laws, the ANC (African National Congress), the PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), armed struggle, deportation, arrest, fines, imprisonment, flogging, and the liberation movement in Mozambique. [Note on date: This document may have been produced prior to a series of showings of the film The Last Grave at DIMBAZA in April 1975.]
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