Some hypotheses concerning the Southern Africa Issue and Wisconsin
by Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Undated, most likely Fall 1968
Paper written in the process of the formation of the Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa. The paper says there is a need for a community-based organization of concern for changes in Southern Africa among Madisonians. It has now become fore clear that the liberation struggle in Southern Africa will not be consummated in the next 5-10 years. If the liberation struggle is to be successful, the social structures that support injustice in Southern Africa must be weakened in any way possible. A Madison-based committee to deal with concerns on southern Africa is needed now. There is a growing involvement in southern Africa by American corporations. Considering the tangential nature of southern Africa to the real interests of most Madisonians and students, and the relatively small number of informed persons available, the action of such a committee should be focused on: information, political pressure, research, seeking disengagement, sanctioning, fund collection. It is urgent that all programs be chosen with the criterion of seeking change in southern Africa. An important determinant in the success of such a committee will be its ability to institutionalize its concerns by an extensive division of labor and regularization of procedures. It is urgent that the founding committee be constituted by American blacks and whites in concert to reach the multitude of constituencies involved in accruing pressure for change in Southern Africa. [This item may have been produced before the Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa was formed.]
Used by permission of David Wiley and William Minter, former members of Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa.
Collection: Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections