Minutes of June 29 Stop Banking on Apartheid (SBOA) Meeting
by Stop Banking on Apartheid
San Francisco, California, United States
July 6, 1978
Contents: SBOA future structure and finance • SBOA Long range strategy • Activities for summer/fall • The minutes say the meeting, which began about 8pm, was held at Miloanne Hecathorn's apt.; organizations represented included AFSC, SBOA, Nat' 1 Lawyers Guild, S. Africa Catalyst Project, Amer. Christians Toward Socialism, E.P.I./Clergy&Laity Concerned, and Local 250. The minutes say the meeting began with a discussion around the future structure for the SBOA campaign; a history of SBOA was presented: SBOA began in May/June '77 made up of a loose coalition of several groups with a few individuals making a large commitment to the campaign; an anti-bank loan slide show was revised for the west coast, and a pamphlet was developed. The minutes say the focus of the org. became the demo. Against B of A on June 16 which were deemed quite successful: 22 cities saw B of A pickets with about 180 people distributing 20,000 leaflets. The minutes say based on preliminary discussions at the western regional S. Africa conference (July I7&18), Nov. 17 is being suggested as a date of state-wide B of A protest actions; there was a general consensus to making the date-the focus of our next SBOA major organizing focus. The minutes say there was a consensus that while B of A should remain the immediate target of pickets, etc. SBOA educational activity should indicate the S. Africa connections of other W. coast banks such as Wells Fargo and Crocker ; the importance of making links between banks supporting oppression in S. Africa and in our own lives, through redlining, black discriminatory hiring policies, etc. was noted by several people as being an important educational focus. The minutes say a committee was set up to develop an educational presentation for the Human Rights Working Group Coalition sometime in late July/early Aug; for more information contact Bea Gilette, EPI, 944 Market St, S.F.; the SROA newsletter will come out after the next meeting, when we have decided more about our future structure and actions. The minutes discuss AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), Nat' 1 Lawyers Guild (National Lawyers Guild), S. Africa Catalyst (South Africa Catalyst Project), Amer. Christians Toward Socialism (American Christians Toward Socialism, Bank of America (BofA), Clergy and Laity Concerned, funding from foundations, an oversight board, McGee Ave. Baptist Church, Wells Fargo Bank, and Crocker National Bank.
Used by permission of former members of Stop Banking on Apartheid.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers