[Dear Friends, For the last 80 years, March 8, International Women's Day has been a special day in celebration of the strength and power of women in bringing about a better world.]
by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement Women's Committee
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, January or February 1985
The mailing says for the last 80 years, March 8, International Women's Day has been a special day in celebration of the strength and power of women in bringing about a better world; this year on March 8, 1985 at 12 Noon the women of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement invite you to join us in a celebration 0f the courage and determination of South African women as they fight apartheid, the system of forced racial segregation and white minority domination. The mailing says one of the proudest dates for South African women was August 9, 1956 when more than 20,000 women of all races from all over South Africa gathered at the capitol to demand withdrawal of passbooks for women and the repeal of the infamous and repressive Pass Laws; they broke South African law banning public demonstrations and raised their voices to protest the growing injustice in their country. The mailing says today, 29 years later apartheid (called a "crime against humanity" by the United Nations and Nobel Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu) has become deeply entrenched; thousands of women, men and children have been jailed; Meanwhile, the Reagan administration does little to pressure the South African government to change its policies and at the same time calls for dramatic cuts in the domestic budget - cuts that will surely increase the suffering of millions of Americans, particularly women and families of color. The mailing says we would like a representative of your organization to participate on March 8 in the name of a South African women as we commemorate the Women’s protests o:f the Passbook Laws in 1956; there will be speakers, cultural activities, a ceremonial passbook burning and civil disobedience. Women are invited to participate in any or all of these activities. The mailing says the event will take place at 12 Noon at the Oakland City Hall Plaza, 14th and Broadway; for more information about the BAFSAM International Women's Day Celebration or to confirm your participation please contact Denise Gums or Pat Keenan. We look forward to raising our voices with you in support of our sisters and against racism and injustice at home and abroad.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers