AFRICA RESOURCE CENTER: $top Banking on Apartheid
by Africa Resource Center
Oakland, California, United States
Contents: SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES • INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM • HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM • LIBRARY RESOURCE PROJECT • BAY AREA BANKING SURVEY • $TOP BANKING ON APARTHEID'S WORK WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ECUMENICAL COUNCIL • General Education • Direct Relations with Congregations in South Africa • Direct Relations with Congregations in Europe • This document is a funding proposal for the Africa Resource Center (ARC), a public education center. The ARC has an extensive library of press clippings, periodicals, reference books and journals and maintains a large stock of materials for public distribution. $top Banking on Apartheid ($BOA) operates within the Center; $BOA is becoming increasingly relied upon to provide information about South Africa and California banking investment patterns and responsible reinvestment alternatives. The Center itinerates visiting African speakers and provides its own speakers and films on Africa. The ARC is increasingly relied upon by community groups, business organizations, churches, trade unions, and all levels of educational institutions in California. The Sustaining Activities budget is for office space, coordinating volunteers, supervising projects and nonprofit requirements, and distributing announcements of activities and acquisitions. The Information Distribution Program is for increasing public understanding of current events. The High School Curriculum Assistance Program facilitates more in-depth teaching about Africa in high schools; the ARC is relied upon by many Bay Area teachers and their students for in depth, current information about Africa. The Library Resource Project will organize the Center's resources to facilitate in-depth research. The inherent injustices of South Africa's apartheid system have long been a concern of religious organizations, and in 1979 $BOA formed a Religious Focus Group to work within various denominations at the local level. During the two years this Focus Group was active, requests for resource materials, speakers, coordinated days of concern and contacts with South Africans substantially increased. A two-year intern from the World Council of Churches' Frontier Intern in Mission program was placed with $BOA, and $BOA formed W.I.T.N.E.S.S. (Working Interfaith Taskforce for New Expressions of Social Service) for South Africa. WITNESS for South Africa is committed to encouraging theological reflection and understanding of what it means to be a South African, by setting up a program whereby Northern California congregations can develop one-to-one relationships with South African congregations. Much of the economic support to South Africa comes from Western Europe, and we have observed that, in Europe, churches often are the main avenues for widespread organizing and education around South Africa. The proposal mentions an Annual Giving Plan, California foundations, the Department of Human Rights, audio-visuals, denominational meetings, ecumenical events, and West Germany.
Used by permission of Milton Clarke and Walter Turner, former members of the Africa Resource Center.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers