Board of Directors Conference Call Minutes-Monday, September 21, 1981, 10:30 a.m.
by Allen Isaacman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
September 21, 1981
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Contents: 1. ACAS Recruitment Campaign • 2. Research Committee • 3. Funding • 4. Political Action Committee and Telephone Tree • 5. Dennis Brutus Defense Committee (DBDC) • 6. Contacts with Other Progressive Organizations • 7. Next Conference Call • Participants were Robert Cummings, Allen Isaacman, Robert Johnson, Nzongola Ntalaja, Chris Root, Joel Sarnoff, David Wiley, and James Turner and Immanuel Wallerstein (Co-Chairpersons). Participants agreed there was a growing urgency to revitalize ACAS and a greater receptivity within the Africanist community. The Executive Secretary will send a letter to all ACAS members and A.H.S.A. and A.S.A. members outlining our immediate goals and longer-term objectives. Samoff will chair the Research Committee, and Cummings will assist him. One of the Committee's first tasks will be to compile a list of progressive Africanists working on contemporary issues (Southern Africa, issues of political economy, etc.) who would be willing to write short background papers and ''briefs" in crisis situations which could be distributed to ACAS members, to other progressive organizations (TransAfrica, Washington Office on Africa, labor, church, and other grass roots organizations) and used in lobbying efforts. Gerald Bender, a member of ACAS and the A.S.A. Board, is trying to secure the A.S.A. mailing list free of charge. Wallerstein will phone Prexy Nesbitt to clarify the prospect of financial assistance from the Program to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches. Wiley reported that we only have about $650 in our treasury, and Isaacman urged that Board members pay this year's dues immediately. Nzongola Ntalaja and Root have agreed to co-chair the Political Action Committee; a telephone tree will be established to mobilize on campaigns. The Board endorsed the DBDC and urges all its members to support it; the Executive Secretary will draft a letter to the DBDC which will be circulated to all Board members for their signature. Turner and Isaacman will attend the Conference in Solidarity with the Liberation Struggles of the Peoples of Southern Africa in New York on October 9-12; they will meet with other activist organizations and deepen ACAS's relationship with them. The minutes mention ACOA (American Committee on Africa). A.S.A. (African Studies Association, ASA), and A.H.S.A. (African Heritage Studies Association, AHSA).
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers