[Dear Friend, We ask for your endorsement of an important Chicago initiative. . . .]
by Basil Clunie, Joan Gerig, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Synapses
Chicago, Illinois, United States
February 13, 1990
Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa
Mailing signed by Basil Clunie, Chair of the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, and Joan Gerig of Synapses. The mailing seeks endorsement of a proposal to the Chicago City Council to establish a sister-community relationship between Chicago and the township of Alexandra. Under the auspices of the United States-South Africa Sister community Project, a number of cities have forged similar links with other townships. The letter says this effort will send the message to South Africa that progressive communities in the U.S. are firmly behind the struggle for freedom and justice; both the African National Congress (ANC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) have endorsed the Sister Community Project. The mailing says Chicagoans can pressure the South African government to recognize the Alexandra Civic Organization (ACO) as the legitimate representative of local residents and to negotiate with community residents about Alexandra's future. The ACO leads the struggle for better living conditions in Alexandra and is the popular alternative to the government-controlled "township council"; it has initiated an "Affordable Housing for All" campaign. The mailing mentions "forced removals."
Used by permission of former members of the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers