This fundraising mailing recalls Artists for a New South Africa’s beginning in 1989 supporting the struggle for freedom and explains its current focus on addressing the AIDS crisis in South Africa, the epicenter of the global AIDS pandemic. In the United States, African Americans and Latinos now account for 70% of all new infections. ANSA is partnering with leaders and activists on the frontlines, putting its resources behind grassroots movements. Since 1995, ANSA has raised over $8 million for South African organizations and shipped 60 tons of medical supplies and books to poor communities. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and its co-founder Zackie Achmat have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which was announced just days after his visit to California. ANSA organized his West Coast tour, raised funds, and provide a matching grant for every dollar raised. The U.S. trip netted more than $675,000 for TAC and its new Treatment Program, and garnered major media coverage and raised public awareness about the AIDS crisis in South Africa The mailing is signed by Gillian Anderson, Joyce Deep, Kitsaun King, Sara Pillsbury, Marlene Saritzky, Blair Underwood, Donna Brown Guillaume, Sharon Gelman, Ron Kunene, CCH Pounder, Anant Singh, Yvonne E. White, Johnny Clegg, Jerry Inzerillo, Artis Lane, Désirée DaCosta Underwood, Michael Jensen, Alexandra Paul, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Roderick Spencer, and Alfre Woodard. The mailing mentions the Clinton Foundation, ANSA's Amandla AIDS Fund, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Carlos and Deborah Santana, orphaned children, AID to South African People (ASAP), Voices from the Frontlines, People for the American Way Foundation, the NAACP Voter Empowerment Program, and civil rights.
Collection: Private collection of Willard Johnson