BOYCOTT SHELL – A Guide to the Campaign -

by Boycott Shell Campaign
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Undated, 1986?
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: The Next Step Against Apartheid: BOYCOTT SHELL • Apartheid: CHEAP LABOR FOR THE CORPORATIONS • Apartheid: AFFECTING AMERICANS • Stop Apartheid: PRESSURING THE CORPORATIONS • Stop Apartheid: WHY SHELL IS THE TARGET • WHAT IS ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL? • ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL: REFUSING TO LISTEN • Stop Apartheid, Boycott Shell: WHAT YOU CAN DO • DON'T SHELL OUT FOR APARTHEID • The pamphlet says millions of Americans are putting new pressure on the apartheid system in South Africa by boycotting Shell; apartheid Is the concentration camp-style system In South Africa which forces the black majority to live and work without the most basic human rights. The pamphlet says apartheid not only enslaves South Africans but also affects Americans as corporations have chosen to invest there to take advantage of cheap black labor instead of investing in American jobs; they then export products which unfairly undercut American goods in the world market. The pamphlet says pressure on multinational corporations has proven to be an effective way to demand an end to the apartheid system because those corporations are crucial to apartheid's survival; as a result, the independent black organizations in South Africa are calling on Americans to step up that pressure; Royal Dutch/Shell (Shell Oil's parent company) supplies fuel to the South African military and police and to the apartheid economy; South Africa does not have its own oil supplies; without companies like Royal Dutch/Shell, apartheid could not survive. The pamphlet says Royal Dutch/Shell co-owns the Rietspruit coal mine where striking South African miners have been forced to work at gunpoint and union supporters have been fired. The pamphlet says in response to requests from the National Union of Mineworkers (the largest black union in South Africa), Royal Dutch/Shell and its subsidiaries have been targeted by the World Council of Churches, Free South Africa Movement, AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers, NAACP, National Organizations for Women, International Confederation if Free Trade Union, and many other groups. The pamphlet says many of the world's largest corporations including more than 300 U.S. companies have operations in South Africa; hard times in America have been made worse as companies have invested in countries like South Africa instead of in American jobs and have undercut American farm and industrial products with goods produced overseas under cheap labor conditions. The pamphlet says responding to their call, churches, civil rights groups, unions, students, and others have won passage of legislation in cities and states throughout the U.S. that withdraws public funds from companies that do business with South Africa. The pamphlet asks people not to buy Shell products including gasoline, lubricants, motor oils, automotive products and home products. The pamphlet discusses property, the vote, public office, Phelps Dodge, IBM, remote reservations ("homelands"), townships, trade, investments, the Internal Security Act, Desmond Tutu, John Chettle, the South Africa Foundation, U.S. investment, disinvestment, gasoline stations, the South African military and police, Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., Shell Transport and Trading Co., the Netherlands, Shell South Africa, the apartheid economy, Owen Bieber, UAW (United Auto Workers), Joe Mangone, National UAW CAP Department, church or civil rights groups, unions, student groups, organizations, the Free South Africa Movement, and a Shell Discredit Card.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers