[The success of our previous "Action Alert" regarding the Mass. Selective Purchase Bill now makes it worthwhile to call for a special final push, before the Legislature adjourns in January]
by Willard R. Johnson, TransAfrica Boston Chapter
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
December 21, 1989
People are urged to press Senator William Keating, Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee to allow bill S. 2119 to be sent to the Senate floor for a vote. At the Namibia Elections Forum, Chief SWAPO representative to the United Nations Mr. H. Asheeke discussed the election campaign. He reported that SWAPO overcame harassment and repeated efforts by South Africa to rob the people of their victory. SWAPO feels the elections were certainly not fair, but the process of drafting the constitution is continuing. They still have to control the paramilitary forces South Africa has used to destabilize the country and the whole area. SWAPO also wishes to promote opportunities for the landless, the unemployed, and the workers, especially very vulnerable farm workers. Asheeke stressed that the U.S. Congress needs to stop all assistance to the Angolan UNITA rebel movement, under Jonas Savimbi, because those forces are still used by South Africa to harass Namibian nationalists. He also asked for support for new development programs, especially in education, health, and indigenous food production. The U.S. should support full reintegration of Walvis Bay into Namibia, with its important port facility; South Africa wants to keep it and turn it into an advanced level military base. People are encouraged to join the Mozambique Support Network (MSN) and participate in its activities. South African destabilization has hit Mozambique especially hard. The MSN is attempting to marshal various financial and material aid to Mozambique. Monthly Board meetings at the Tubman House are open to all members. The February meeting will likely consider Haiti and the struggle there for human rights and democracy. [This document is set up to be personalized.]
Used by permission of a former member of TransAfrica Boston Chapter.
Collection: Private collection of Willard Johnson