SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS STRIKE ... SOUTH UNITES TO 'STOP THE COAL'
by Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, spring 1975?
The leaflet says 12,000 miners struck the South African gold mines in January; eight were killed and thousands went home (all miners are migrants, living in company dormitories). The leaflet says on February 1 and 2, 200 people gathered in Atlanta to plan how to stop importation of South African coal, and other South African and Rhodesian imports, produced by slave labor, into U.S. ports. Coal comes mainly to Boston and Mobile, but has been taken to other ports to avoid boycotts. Longshoremen from Philly, Baltimore, and New Orleans met to discuss working conditions and the boycott in their cities. When the United Mineworkers (UMW) put up a picket line against South African coal last summer, the Mobile dockers closed down the Alabama State Docks for a full day and said they would not cross a UMW picket line. The leaflet urges dockworkers in Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans to bargain and strike together, and also to join with the dockers in Durban, East London, Lourenco Marques. The leaflet includes a graphic of united labor action, with bosses at GM (General Motors) in South Africa and in Detroit looking at workers on strike. The leaflet discusses the racist government, the just demands of the miners, violence, murder, shipping companies, and profits.
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