'Constructive Engagement': THE US - SOUTH AFRICA AXIS
by U.S. Peace Council
New York, New York, United States
Contents: SOUTH AFRICA AND NAMIBIA • US INVOLVEMENT • SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTI-APARTHEID STRUGGLE • FREE NELSON MANDELA • An educational pamphlet about southern Africa, support for the South African government by the United States, and recommended anti-apartheid actions. It discusses the origins of apartheid and raw materials located there, including uranium, cobalt, tungsten, and vanadium, required for weapons production. The U.S. government’s economic and military support is part of the Reagan administration’s policy of “constructive engagement.” The document focuses on the struggle of the African National Congress (ANC), summarizes the Freedom Charter, and calls for freeing Nelson Mandela from prison; a petition to the U.S. President calling for Mandela’s release is attached. Other recommended actions include calling on the U.S. government to abide by United Nations resolutions on military sanctions against South Africa, recognize the ANC and SWAPO as legitimate liberation movements of South Africa and Namibia, implement U.N. Resolution 435 regarding Namibia, denounce South African aggression against Angola and Mozambique, and honor U.N. Decree No. 1 barring exploitation of Namibia’s natural resources.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers