Basis of Unity of the coalition for the liberation of southern Africa
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Undated, perhaps late October 1975?
The basis of unity pledges support to the liberation movements, which are in the forefront of the struggle in southern Africa, and seeks a working relationship with them in our solidarity work. White minority rule in southern Africa will not be overturned either by appeals to the goodwill of the ruling minority or by gradual reforms. The only just and viable solution is one determined by the African masses as well as by full participation by all citizens, without manipulation by any form of imperialism or neo-colonialism. The African people of southern Africa have the right to choose such means as may be necessary, including the use of armed force, to achieve their liberation. The U.S. government is complicit with the Apartheid regimes and shares responsibility for blocking majority rule in southern Africa. This active American support is part of U.S. imperialism and racism toward the Third World. The struggle in southern Africa is the same struggle in which we are engaged in the U.S. against the forces of economic and political exploitation. As groups we are committed to the goal of overcoming the racial and class divisions which have surrounded anti-imperialist struggles in the U.S. We will strive to broaden the constituencies with whom we work. [Note: This was prepared in relation to the Working Conference on Southern Africa held in Madison, Wisconsin on October 11-13, 1975.]
Used by permission of members of several participating groups.
Collection: Carole Collins Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections