[Recent crackdowns by South Africa's apartheid government have caused unions to call for a massive noontime protest in Chicago on Friday, March 18 …]
by Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America United Automobile
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
March 7, 1988
The press release says recent crackdowns by South Africa's apartheid government have caused unions to call for a massive noontime protest in Chicago on Friday, March 18 at Calder Plaza, Dearborn and Jackson. The press release says speaking at the March 18 protest will be Rev. George Clements; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists president Bill Lucy of AFSCME (Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees); Phillip Immesote, international vice-president of the food and commercial workers union; and Johnnie Jackson, local head of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. The press release says City Council president pro-tern Ald. Danny Davis will also speak. Aldermen Roman Pucinski and Allen Streeter are expected to join the protest; the council has declared March 18 "A Day of Solidarity with South African Trade Unionists." The press release says a march to the new South African Consulate will immediately follow the Calder Plaza demonstration; the March will be led by the auto and steel workers' unions, Cong. Charles Hayes, clergy, labor and political leaders. The press release says the protest is called by the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, a newly-formed action coalition headed by 15 top local labor leaders; the labor network was instigated by the current trials of South African union leaders on charges of "treason and subversion" for their organizing activities in South Africa. The press release says the white government's most recent crackdown banned all activities by 17 anti-apartheid groups, including the 800, 000-member Congress of South African Trade Unions; unions, clergy and all concerned people are invited to join the March 18 protest. The press release discusses the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the Coalition of Black Trade Unions (COBTU), the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and Kathy Devine.
Used by permission of a former member of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers