TransAfrica News

(Vol. 5, No. 1)
by TransAfrica
Washington, DC, United States
Winter 1986
8 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Somalia
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Caribbean, Haiti
Language: English
Contents:  IMPRESSIONS OF APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA Guest Report by the Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy • FREE SOUTH AFRICA MOVEMENT LAUNCHES CORPORATE CAMPAIGN • HAITI'S NATIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR • TRANSAFRICA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE • Intelligence Committee Chairs Oppose Covert Aid to UNITA • House Leaders Urge US Banks not to Reschedule SA Debt • Walter E. Fauntroy was part of a six-member congressional factfinding delegation to the Republic of South Africa in January 1986. The mission’s purpose was to review U.S. policy related to measures pending before the Congress and to the impact of President Reagan's Executive Order imposing limited economic sanctions. After one year of daily demonstrations at the South African Embassy, the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM) is starting a Corporate Campaign, with an initial focus on the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies. A photograph of Randall Robinson, Co-Chair FSAM; William Lucy, International Secretary-Treasurer, AFSCME; Richard Trumka, President, United Mine Workers; Owen Bieber, President, United Auto Workers; and Roger Wilkins, FSAM Steering Committee, was taken at the January 9 press conference where this was announced. This campaign is in addition to corporate campaigns that are already underway, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) boycott of the Winn Dixie Corporation, the Northern Virginia Coalition Against Apartheid's demonstrations against Control Data Corporation, and the National Council of Churches campaign against the "dirty dozen" corporations active in the U.S. and South Africa, The newsletter includes a letter from Ahmed A. Gure, First Secretary, Press Affairs, Embassy of the Somali Democratic Republic. Fifteen members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the chairmen of the U.S. banks that, along with major European banks, will decide soon whether to reschedule over $13 billion in short-term loans to South Africa. This newsletter contains the first issue of “TransAfrica Legislative Update,” a monthly, one-page publication that will review new bills, status of pending legislation, action alerts, and insights into the political maneuverings in Congress and the White House. Highlights are opposition by Senator David Durenberger and Rep. Lee Hamilton to covert aid to groups in Angola and bills about rebel groups in Angola and Mozambique - H.R. 3472, H.R. 3609, H.R. 3725, H.R. 3598, and H.R. 3690.The newsletter advertises the Fifth Annual Policy Conference "Rethinking Economic Development in Africa and the Caribbean" with Dr. Joyce Lander, the Honorable Michael Manley, and Senator Gary Hart. The newsletter mentions the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC), National Mozambique Resistance (MNR), the Reverend Alan Boesak, the Crossroads squatter camp, abolishing - not reforming - apartheid, South African government violence and repression, security police, Soweto, detention, the Sullivan Principles, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, exiled South Africans, Billiton Exploration, Unifoam Industries, BP (British Petroleum), SAPREF (South African Petroleum Refineries), the South African Lubricant Company (SAMCO), General Motors (GM), Ford Motor Company, the Clark Amendment.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root