[Dear Fellow Africanists: An informed and concerted voice of opposition is essential if we are to challenge the Reagan administration's African policy.]
by Allen Isaacman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
October 13, 1981
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Mailing from Allen Isaacman describing a two-pronged campaign being started by ACAS: significantly expanding ACAS’ membership and taking on a set of feasible projects. Isaacman lists nine objectives regarding background papers, policy alternatives, research, distributing information, lobbying, giving testimony, conferences and seminars, newsletter, and local chapters. Three Committees will coordinate activity. The Research Committee, chaired by Joel Samoff with assistance of Robert Cummings, will coordinate these papers as well as long-term research projects, continuing work initiated by Ann Seidman before her departure for the University of Zimbabwe. Political Education and Action Committee, co-chaired by Chris Root and Nzongola Ntalaja, will coordinate ACAS work on national campaigns. A new Conference Committee is planned, co-chaired by Tom Shick and James Turner, with the hope of organizing panels in conjunction with both the African Studies Association (ASA) and African Heritage Studies Association (AHSA). ACAS has recently become part of a growing national network on African issues and has had fruitful conversations with American Committee on Africa (ACOA), TransAfrica, and the Washington Office on Africa about how ACAS members, as specialists in African affairs, could utilize their research skills for this broader network. The mailing mentions American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Conference on Solidarity with the Peoples of Southern Africa, the Dennis Brutus Defense Campaign, David Wiley, and Anne Schneller.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers