[To people living and working in San Francisco:]
by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement, San Franciscans Against Apartheid
Oakland, California, United States
February 12, 1985
Leaflet handed out at a picket at the St. Francis Hotel on February 12, 1985, where the South African Tourism Board, South African Airways, and others are sponsoring a "party" for local travel agents to promote vacations in South Africa. The Bay Area Free South Africa Movement and San Franciscans Against Apartheid are picketing the event because of what it is NOT showing travel agents. South Africa is a beautiful land, but it is a tortured one because of the apartheid system which controls everyone’s lives, tourists included. The leaflet explains the system of apartheid and how promoting tourism serves to support the South African government and reduce pressure to make substantial efforts to dismantle apartheid. The leaflet asked people to tell the St. Francis Hotel management and Mayor Feinstein that these promotional activities are inappropriate for San Francisco. Wear a red ribbon to commemorate the blood being shed by South Africans and as a sign that you are willing to help stop apartheid. The leaflet mentions Abraham Lincoln's birthday, the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery, Bethel AME Church, Black History Month, and the struggle for freedom.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers