Labor Movement Takes On Apartheid South Africa
by Bay Area Free South Africa Movement
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, about early to Spring 1985?
In December, members of Intl. Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) Local 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area refused for 11 days to unload South African cargo. Trade unionists from the AFL-CIO, Teamsters and ILWU have carried on with daily picketing at the Pacific Maritime Association, which contracts to shipping companies doing business in South Africa. Under pressure from unions, community and religious groups, the Oakland Port Commission on January 8 declared as its policy that trade with apartheid South Africa is "morally repugnant"; two weeks later, the Port Commission was forced to "look into" the possibility of closing the Port to South African cargo and adopting an ordinance banning the Port from doing business with contractors, banks and financial institutions that do business with South Africa. The leaflet asks people to wear a Red Ribbon, meaning “Stop Apartheid Now!” This leaflet was digitized by The Freedom Archives, which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.
Used by permission of David Bacon, a former member of the Bay Area Free South Africa Movement.
Collection: The Freedom Archives