[Dear Friend, The former Portuguese colony of Angola is rapidly becoming the key battlefield between imperialism and the people of the Third World …]
by Philadelphia Coalition for Justice in Angola
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Undated, about early to mid-January 1976
Draft of a mailing to activists about the growing importance of the struggle for independence and self-determination in the former Portuguese colony of Angola. Led by the Peoples Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the majority of Angolan workers and peasants are fighting against so-called "liberation movements" whose leaders have shown they are liberators on the order of Thieu, Lon Nol, or Tshombe. The U.S. has been supporting reactionary forces in Angola since long before independence last November; to protect the interests of monopoly capital, President Ford is ready to plunge the country into another Vietnam. Lessons we learned from Vietnam must be used; we must begin to build a mass movement against U. S. involvement and in support of the independence of the Angolan people and their sovereign, democratic government led by the MPLA. The mailing says while Black people have a special interest in the struggle in Angola, we can build a strong, multi-national movement in support of the People's Republic of Angola by showing how the actions of the government and corporations are in opposition to the interests of all working and poor people, Black and white. The draft mailing says support groups around the country are planning actions around February 4, the anniversary of the beginning of the war for independence in Angola. The Philadelphia Coalition for Justice in Angola, representing many groups and individuals united around the slogans "U.S. out of Angola" and "Support the MPLA," is organizing a demonstration on February 7; a mass meeting on January 22 will plan this event. The mailing mentions "Red Menace" propaganda, the mass media, racism, the working class movement, Henry Kissinger, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Collection: Vincent Klingler papers