[Dear Friend, On behalf of the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund we thank you for your important anti-apartheid work.]
by Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund
Washington, DC, United States
August 16, 1990
Mailing signed by Michael Shellenberger, Summer Outreach Director, and Imani Countess, Associate Director. The mailing says on behalf of the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund we thank you for your important anti-apartheid work; finally, we are beginning to see cracks in the apartheid system; it has only been because of the consistent struggle of the South African people, pressure from the international community, and the work of activists like yourselves that the Pretoria government has concluded that apartheid must be reformed; this is a very exciting time for all of us! The mailing says tremendous challenges remain, however; violence against anti-apartheid activists and organizations by police and ultra-right wing terrorist groups is on the rise; here in Washington, economic sanctions are under the threat of being lifted by the Bush administration at a time when President F.W. de Klerk is trying to fashion a power sharing agreement that would guarantee the whites veto power over majority rule; and only now can southern Africa begin to rebuild after being economically devastated--to the tune of 56 billion dollars--by Pretoria's destabilization policy. The mailing says we at WOAEF firmly believe that the only way to create positive change in the region is to continue organizing and providing educational materials nationally; limited resources, however, demand that we improve the ways in which we provide information; thus, this summer we are directing our energy to improving efficiency by exploring ways to develop and solidify links with community activists. The mailing says we know that improved communication with activists like you will help us here in Washington, and we hope that it might help in your grassroots organizing efforts as well; to facilitate this process we are initiating a survey to collect information. The mailing says your input is vital to our being able to effectively provide you with information; we urge you to fill out the form and send it back to us as soon as possible; please include any additional information on your activities that you want. The mailing includes PENDING LEGISLATION. The mailing discusses House Concurrent Resolution 270, economic sanctions, the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, S. 507/H.R. 21, mandatory disinvestment, U.S. corporations doing business in South Africa, the Cold War, the covert policy of destabilization toward Angola, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen, aid for UNITA, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, H.R. 4590, the importation of steel, H.R. 3458, banks and lending institutions, Senate Resolution 239. The Angolan military, the withdrawal of Cuban troops, Senate Resolution 196, Senator Dennis DeConcini, House Resolution 327, H.R. 1319, and aid to Mozambique and Angola.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers