MINUTES OF THE ACAS CONFERENCE CALL OF DECEMBER 9 , 1981
by Allen Isaacman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
December 9, 1981
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Contents: 1. RECENT ACTIVITIES OF ACAS • 2. ACAS FINANCIAL SITUATION • 3. THE NEWSLETTER • 4. COLLABORATION WITH SOUTHERN AFRICA MEDIA CENTER • 5. ACAS PRESENCE AT THE ASA MEETING • 6. ACAS PRESENCE AT THE AHSA MEETING • 7. RESEARCH COMMITTEE • 8. NEW BUSINESS • The Allen Isaacman reported on recent efforts to revitalize ACAS. Anne Schneller reported that there is approximately $1,000 in the treasury and at least 40 members have paid dues. Tom Shick agreed to serve with Isaacman as co-chair of the Newsletter; working together with Joel Sarnoff, Chair of the Research Committee, they will plan future issues. The Michigan State University (MSU) group will coordinate production. The first issue will include articles on the DIA Affair, the rugby tour, a summary of documents from the Conference on Solidarity with the Peoples of Southern Africa, short reports from the secretariat, the chairs of the Research and Political Action Committees, plus a section on upcoming meetings, etc. The second Newsletter will emphasize North Africa. Immanuel Wallerstein has agreed to write an overview, other articles will deal with Polisario and Libya. Cornelius Moore of the Southern Africa Media Center asked ACAS members to send speakers to accompany films sent out by the Center, when possible. The Board decided that ACAS should sponsor three panels at the forthcoming ASA conference on: (1) actions and objectives of ACAS, (2) political action in the U.S. with representatives of ACAS, ACOA, TransAfrica, Washington Office on Africa (WOA), the Black Caucus, etc., and (3) the contemporary situation in a region of Africa. Isaacman suggested that the Mozambican government might be willing to send a high-level official; if so, we could invite someone from the Zimbabwean mission or a representative of one of the liberation movements. Samoff indicated that a number of ACAS members said they are willing to write position papers. Several members expressed deep concern about the harassment and deportation of Ethiopian students. The minutes also mention James Turner, Robert Johnson, Nzongola-Ntalaja, Congressman Wolpe, ACOA (American Committee on Africa), AHSA (African Heritage Studies Association), and ASA (African Studies Association.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers