RE: Collaboration between ACAS and Central America scholars and activists
by Chris Root, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Washington, DC, United States
January 18, 1984
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Memorandum to Ned Alpers, Carol Thompson, Bill Minter, Immanuel Wallerstein, Willard Johnson, Allen Isaacman, Henry Bucher, and Ann Seidman from Chris Root to discuss possible ways to explore and publicize parallels in U.S. policy toward southern Africa and Central America and the Caribbean. The chief of South Africa's defense force, General Constand Viljoen cited the U.S. invasion of Grenada to justify the latest South African attack on Angola. In January, the majority on the Kissinger Commission came out in support of continued U.S. covert backing of the Nicaraguan insurgents. Root outlines some possible tasks and ask for comments and interest. ACAS can (1) establish relationships with organizations of progressive scholars (and, secondarily, activist groups) working on Central America; (2) organize one or two ACAS panels at the October 1984 ASA meeting comparing Central America and Southern Africa; (3) work with members of the Latin America Studies Association to organize a similar comparative panel at the next LASA meeting; (4) publish a selection of papers on Central America and Southern Africa, generated by panels or commissioned separately; (5) produce popularly-written comparative articles; and (6) co-operate on political actions with Latin America groups. Immanuel Wallerstein will speak on behalf of ACAS at a New York rally of Central America in April. The ACAS political action committee will discuss this and other projects at a meeting next week. The memorandum mentions Policy Alternatives for the Caribbean and Central America (PACCA), Nicaragua Task Force of LASA, Guatemala Scholars Network, and Faculty Concerned for Human Rights in El Salvador and Central America (FACHRES-CA), U.S. Out of Central America, CISPES, Nicaragua Network, EPICA, the Washington Office on Latin America, and NACLA.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers