August 14th Meeting notes
by Phil Hutchings, Southern Africa Support Network
Oakland, California, United States
August 21, 1984
I. Letter to Organizations • II. U.N. Conference Report-Back • III. Potential Divestment Campaign in Oakland • IV. S.F. Pension Fund Divestment campaign in the 1984 elections • V. Future Educationals for the Network • VI. Vote Peace '84 • VII. Deadly Connections Conference • VIII. Trip to Europe • IX. Upcoming Grenada Planning Conference • X. Support for the Liberation Struggles • Jackie shared a draft letter about the SASN to send to other organizations announcing our existence as an advocacy network dealing with Southern Africa; the group supported the text and agreed to distribute it. The group debated and agreed to sponsor a public forum that was open to anyone interested; while a large house might be considered, people felt a public hall or church would be better. Sandy reported on progress in laying the groundwork for a 1985 campaign in Oakland about divestment of city funds. Wilson Riles Jr. is interested, and this issue could be linked to his upcoming Mayoral campaign. There is a need for a legal analysis and also to learn the deadlines for collecting signatures to get an issue on the ballot. This campaign was launched by S.F. for Socially Responsible Investments, which includes All-People’s Congress, Julianne Malveaux for Supervisor comm., SAM-RAF, some gay groups, and some labor activists. Apparently enough signatures were gained to put this issue on the ballot. The ballot language is non-binding. Some people said they had some bad experiences dealing with this campaign; no one could say exactly who controlled the group. However, a lot of educational work is needed by November, and some people thought we should play some role in this. Miloanne and Rosemarie announced that they would be in Europe (on different trips) in October; they plan to meet activists and exchange information about anti-apartheid activities. It was suggested that we should seriously consider trying to raise some money for southern Africa liberation movements, and past failure to carry through on financial support was discussed. Plans for how to do this would be welcome at next meeting. The minutes also mention anti-intervention activists, SAM-RAF (South African Military Refugee Aid Fund), the Livermore Action Group, the ANC (African National Congress), PAC (Pan Africanist Congress), Dellums, Askenaz, a dance party, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Gus Newport, Walter Turner, KPFA, local Bay Area activities about apartheid and Southern Africa, the German Democratic Republic, and Karen Rosenberg. People present: Jacqueline (chair), Phil (sec'y.), Rosemarie, Miloanne, Beverly, Karen R., Shali, John, Nesbit, Sandy, Nicholas, Julian.
Used by permission of a former member of Southern Africa Support Network.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers