BRING DOWN AIR APARTHEID
by FREEDOM RISING! Africa Solidarity Committee
San Francisco, California, United States
Undated, early 1985?
Contents: CLIP THE WINGS OF APARTHEID! • STOP ALL U.S. SUPPORT FOR RACIST SOUTH AFRICA! • WHY SHUT DOWN SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS? • WHAT WE CAN DO . . . • Brochure issued as part of a campaign to close the San Francisco office of South African Airways (SAA). The brochure describes the rise in resistance in South Africa since 1984 and the violent response from the police and army. A 90% effective general strike brought out a million workers in the Johannesburg area, for the first time linking economic demands to the demand for Black political power. Across the U.S., people are demanding an end to U.S. support for South Africa; hundreds of protesters have been arrested. In the Bay area, dockworkers from the ILWU Local 10 have refused to unload South African cargo. Students demand their universities cut all ties with the apartheid regime; the Oakland City Council debates divestment; San Francisco voters by a 2-1 margin insist that the city divest from corporations doing business in South Africa. Five years ago, a militant campaign forced South Africa to move its consulate to Los Angeles. The Reagan administration policy is to hold onto the immense profits and power of continuing white supremacy. The White American Resistance, a Ku Klux Klan front group active in the Bay Area, is distributing a leaflet defending South Africa as the last bastion of white civilization. The brochure says that SAA flies tourists and businessmen to and from South Africa; it flies apartheid's public relations men around the world; it transports troops into the African townships, into occupied Namibia, and into Angola. The brochure asks people to tell SSA they have no legitimate business in San Francisco, write letters to the editors of local papers, and demand that the city government force SAA out of San Francisco. There is a demonstration at SAA at 360 Post, S.F. the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The brochure mentions "constructive engagement," Bantustans, liberation movements, the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Azania, and South Africa's air force.
Used by permission of several former members of FREEDOM RISING!
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers