[Dear Tenant: We would like to thank those of you who showed sympathy with the picket line outside this building last Tuesday afternoon.]
by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement
California, United States
February 5, 1985
Open letter to tenants of 655 Sacramento Street explaining that recent picketing by the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement is part of a nationwide campaign to end South Africa's apartheid system and America’s economic support for the South African government. This campaign is endorsed by religious, community labor leaders, and politicians. Last November, International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) Local 10 members refused to unload South African cargo. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) went to court to secure an injunction so that any ILWU member who did not touch South African cargo--or even speak out on this issue--could be fined and jailed. The Bay Area Free South Africa Movement asks PMA to: 1) request the court to lift the injunction against the ILWU, 2) allow longshoremen the right to act their conscience without penalty by including this as a clause in its current contract with the ILWU, and 3) stop representing companies that carry South African cargo. In December, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the banning of South African cargo from its port. The leaflet urges tenants of the building to express to PMA officials your support for the three demands to the PMA. There will be a picket today from 4-6 p.m. The leaflet says the Port Commission responded by unanimously stating that trade with South Africa is "repugnant" and directing its attorney to find a way for the Port to comply with the City's request. The leaflet mentions the Africa Resource Center, Northern California denominational leaders, and dockers.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers