COMMEMORATE SOWETO DAY
by Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Undated, May or early June 1992
Leaflet advertising a rally on June 16 at the Federal Building in New York City commemorating events on June 16, 1976, when South African police killed hundreds of black children in Soweto who were peacefully protesting use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in their schools. The regime’s violence continues to be a growing obstacle to democracy in South Africa. Since March 1, more than 700 black South Africans, including children, have been killed; death squads trained by security forces continue to terrorize black communities. Pretoria has allocated more than $1.5 billion for covert operations and special forces. The Bush administration has lifted federal sanctions and condoned the killings by its silence. It has given S2.5 million of our tax dollars to lnkatha, a major force in the violence. The time has come to stop violence and racism - from the United States to South Africa! The leaflet lists these endorsers: African Americans United for Political Power; American Committee on Africa; Vinie Burrows, Permanent Rep. to the United Nations, Women's International Democratic Federation; Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism; Caribbean Resource Center; Committee for Non-Intervention in Central America; Council of Mosques; Diocese of Rockville Centre Justice and Peace Commission; Educators Against Racism and Apartheid; Episcopal Mission Society; Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement; Friends of the ANC and SWAPO; Harlem Churches for Community Improvement; Gerald Horne, Chair, Department of Black Studies, University of California; Immobilize Apartheid Coalition; Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) South Africa Issues Group; Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace; International Working Women's Day Committee 1992; Islamic Society of NYC Transit Authority Inc.; Local 1930, D.C. 37, AFSCME; MADRE; Sally Chaffee Maron, National Co-Chair, Women for Racial and Economic Equality; Mozambique Solidarity Office; National Council of Churches, Africa Office; Network of Black Organizations; N.Y. Federation of Reform Synagogues, UAHC; N.Y. Labor Committee Against Apartheid; N.Y. City Labor Religion Coalition; N.Y. City Presbytery South Africa Task Force; N.Y. Women for Racial and Economic Equality; Palestine Solidarity Committee; Patrice Lumumba Coalition; Religious Action Network; Sisters Against South African Apartheid; TRI-STATE Coalition for Responsible Investment; U.C.C./Disciples of Christ Africa Office; U.S. Out of Southern Africa Network, APC; Westchester People's Action Coalition (WESPAC); Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (NY Met. Branch). [Note: The first phone number on the leaflet was that of ICCR; the second was the phone number of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA).]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive