Contents: LOCAL COALITIONS TAKE ACTION • Boycott Goes International • COALITION DRAWS BROAD SUPPORT • Fuel For Thought… • Two more ways to send Shell a message • THE SHELL BOYCOTT in 9 Easy Minutes! • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • Citizen coalitions in major cities have launched leafleting and other actions to support the Shell boycott. Actions are reported in Detroit (including the city's pension system selling its shares in Royal Dutch/ Shell stock), Birmingham, Oakland and San Francisco, Houston, Denver (including an action at a meeting of the American Petroleum Institute board, which includes Shell Oil chairman John Bookout), Washington, D.C. (where Bookout was also the target of leafleted at the annual shareholders meeting of Safeway Stores), four cities in Ohio (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown, and Columbus), Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego. In the Netherlands, anti-apartheid groups launched a boycott campaign May 15 during the annual shareholders meeting of Royal Dutch Petroleum (which owns 60 percent of Royal Dutch/Shell). Picketing of stations followed presentation of a petition to the company by the Dutch Council of Churches, the Dutch Labor Party, and the two leading anti-apartheid groups. Hundreds of protesters were joined at the meeting by a delegation from the Miners International Federation (MIF), whose union affiliates represent workers in 36 countries. Other union confederations supporting the campaign include the International Metal Workers Federation, Public Service Employees International, and International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional, and Technical Employees. In London, at the annual meeting of Shell Transport & Trading (the other owner of Royal Dutch/Shell), the British anti-apartheid movement launched its own nationwide boycott. Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, leader of the anti-apartheid coalition, announced that institutional shareholders in Britain, including the Methodist Church and the University of Wales, have begun to divest Shell stock. In Sweden, a national Boycott Shell campaign was launched by the Isolate South Africa Committee, which includes more than 50 religious, labor, and citizen groups. The 9-minute slide/tape show (also available in video format), "Stop Apartheid, Boycott Shell," features James Motlatsi, president of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers; Coretta Scott King; Richard Trumka, president of the United Mine Workers; Randall Robinson, co-chair of the Free South Africa Movement; Owen Bieber, chair of the AFL-CIO Committee on South Africa and president of the United Auto Workers; Representatives Walter Fauntroy and Parren Mitchell; and Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Other organizations mentions include the U.S. Student Association, Rainbow Coalition, Unitarian Universalist Association, Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC), Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free South Africa (ECSA), NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Education Association (NEA), Citizen Action, Pesticide Education and Action, the Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, United Electrical Workers, International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), American Committee on Africa (ACOA), Gene Upshaw, the NFL (National Football League), Sylvia Hill, Jesse Jackson, American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T), John F. Akers, IBM, Dominic Bozzotio, Bill Robertson, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFSCME, and Don Blankenship. [Note: The correct spelling is A. Philip Randolph Institute.]
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers