[We, mayors and leaders of city councils of 92 cities in 7 countries hereby call on the ROYAL DUTCH SHELL to cut all its ties with South Africa …]
Washington, DC, United States
About late May 1988
Copy of an advertisement that appeared in the May 13-19, 1988 issue of the South African “Weekly Mail” newspaper. The ad is a statement by mayors and leaders of city councils of 92 cities in seven countries - the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands. It calls on the ROYAL DUTCH SHELL to cut all ties with South Africa, including withdrawing its subsidiaries from South Africa and Namibia. The call argues that ROYAL DUTCH SHELL’s continued investments there help to maintain the oppressive system of apartheid. This call was presented to the board of ROYAL DUTCH SHELL at its AGM on May 11 '88 in The Hague, Netherlands. Among the signors are mayors of Los Angeles (U.S.), Washington DC (U.S.), and Amsterdam (Netherlands), and City Council leaders of Glasgow and Liverpool (U.K.). The leaflet mentions the South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), United Democratic Front (UDF), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and National Council of Trade Unions (NCTU).
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers