Stop IBM: No Computers to Racist South Africa!
by Freedom Rising! Africa Solidarity Committee
San Francisco, California, United States
Undated, presumably June 1984
Leaflet advertising a demonstration on June 21 at the IBM Building in Oakland to protest IBM’s crimes in South Africa. The racist South African regime uses IBM computers to enslave the people of Azania (the African name for South Africa). IBM computers are used to categorize people by race and ethnic group so Africans can be sent to barren reservations called bantustans. IBM's Project Korvoor computer system regulates South Africa's distribution of ammunition and military supplies so they can attack Namibia, Mozambique and Angola. South Africa want to stop Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe from supporting SWAPO of Namibia and the liberation movements inside Azania. The U.S. and South Africa are white supremacist partners in crime, and South Africa's attacks on its neighbors and the recent accords with Angola and Mozambique are both part of the U.S. strategy of "constructive engagement." Eight years after the Soweto uprising in June 1976, the movement among Azanian students and workers is growing. Also, armed resistance is advancing; in 1983, the white regime faced more guerrilla attacks than in any previous year. The South African regime couldn’t remain in power without massive U.S. support. In the U.S., a movement is building against South Africa, from divestment campaigns to mass protest, from boycotts to armed attacks, like the bombing of an IBM office building in New York by the United Freedom Front in March. The leaflet mentions children, hunger, cattle prods, torture, political prisoners, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), President Reagan, land, the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), and the Ku Klux Klan. This leaflet was digitized by The Freedom Archives that provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.
Used by permission of several former members of FREEDOM RISING!
Collection: The Freedom Archives