Contents: Major Churches Make Shell A Top Anti-Apartheid Target • L.A. County Unit Dumps Shell Investments of $15 Million • International Boycott Begins • Fuel for Thought… • Mayors Back Boycott • Shell Must Pay $5.2 Million In Hazard Cover-Up Case • Billboard Campaign Begins • Another Dealer Switches Brands • SUPPORTING THE BOYCOTT: WHAT YOU CAN DO • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • Major U.S. churches have made Royal Dutch/Shell a top priority in their anti-apartheid work. Royal Dutch/Shell is now one of 12 corporations that 54 church bodies have targeted that have not left South Africa. The Los Angeles County Board of Investments, which invests pension funds for 70,000 county employees, will pull $15 million previously invested in Shell. Demonstrations in five cities kicked off the Shell boycott in Australia, where Shell has had annual sales of more than $4.9 billion. A coalition of church, labor, student, and other groups held simultaneous actions in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra. The Australians join active boycott coalitions in the U.S., Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway. The National Conference of Black Mayors has resolved that each city should: divest city funds from Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading Co. (the two co-owners of Royal Dutch/Shell); withdraw any Shell credit cards issued to city employees; and ban purchases of Shell products by city agencies. Starting with 62 full-size billboards in Birmingham, Ala., a campaign has begun to alert motorists to the Shell boycott. After the first 20 were posted, Shell lowered its prices to try to maintain business. Seeing this impact, USA Outdoor billboard company donated 42 additional billboards. The company is co-owned by John McCombs, a former steelworker laid off by U.S. Steel five years ago. In addition to letting Royal Dutch/ Shell know that they want the company to stop fueling apartheid, many Shell dealers can support the boycott by switching brands. Tim Janelle, a dealer in Christopher, Ill., switched after the boycott reduced his sales by 20,000 gallons per month. He switched brands and says his volume is back to normal. The newsletter quotes Sasol Chairman D.P. de Villiers, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Bishop Desmond Tutu. The newsletter mentions Royal Dutch chairman G.A. Wagner, the United Church of Christ, American Baptist Churches, Progressive National Baptist Convention, National Council of Churches (NCC), United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Church of the Brethren, American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America, African Methodist Episcopal Church Zion, International Council of Community Churches, Reformed Church in America, Orthodox Church in America, Disciples of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Association, Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC), Phil Giarizzo, UAW (United Auto Workers), Rev. Richard Wootton, the Uniting Church of Australia, coal-to-oil conversion, Mayor Tom Bradley, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and United Mineworkers of America (UMWA).
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Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers