DO YOU WANT TO HELP END CUNY'S SUPPORT OF SOUTH AFRICAN RACISM?
by CUNY Divestment Coalition
New York, New York, United States
Undated, May or early June 1984
Leaflet distributed at Hunter College as part of a campaign to get the City University of New York (CUNY) to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. The leaflet describes how whites hold a monopoly on political and economic power in South Africa while depriving the Black majority of all citizenship and human rights. Since 1960, over 3.5 million Blacks have been forcibly removed from "white areas" to barren labor reserves known as Bantustans, where 25% of Black children die before the age of five. CUNY invests over $6 million in South Africa, helping to maintain white minority rule through bank loans, sales of goods to the military, and taxes to the government. CUNY holds $148,500 of stock in CITICORP, the world's largest private lender to South Africa, including recent loans of $250 million to the government and $100 million to AECI, South Africa's largest explosives company. Students, faculty, and alumni across the U.S. have forced divestment of over $175 million by 40 schools; at Harvard University alone, $51 million in funds invested in CITICORP was divested. The leaflet asks people to call and write to CUNY’s Chancellor to oppose CUNY investments linked to South Africa and asks graduating senior and alumni to refuse to contribute to CUNY until it divests. People are invited to meetings of the CUNY DIVESTMENT COALITION. The leaflet mentions a "CUNY DIVEST FROM SOUTH AFRICA" button for the graduation ceremony, Chancellor Joseph P. Murphy, and Hunter Day Student Government.
Collection: Hunter College Student Clubs, Organizations and Publications Collection, Hunter College Library Archives and Special Collections