Contents: Extract from a Report on the Results of the first six months of the Campaign • Facts and Figures • Reactions (Non-white) • Reactions (White) • Government Reaction • Literature • The Bulletin contains a review of the first six months of the Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws led by the African National Congress (ANC). The newsletter says the total number of arrests in the Campaign as of December 16, 1952, in 37 centers of the Union was 8057 distributed as follows: Eastern Cape, 5719; Western Cape, 423; Transvaal, 1411; Natal, 246; Free State, 258. The newsletter says the Campaign has succeeded in arousing the political consciousness of the non-white people as never before; there is a tremendous awakening and the movement is becoming more and more popular; frustrated by ruthless oppression and unbearable conditions, people from all walks of life are rallying to the call of the Congresses. The newsletter says the Government allowed the Campaign to develop in the early stages and adopted a policy of wait and see; they believed that the Campaign would not arouse popular response as they thought the masses would remain apathetic; as this did not prove to be the case, the Minister of Justice declared, on the 5th of August, that new legislation was under consideration to deal with the situation. The Bulletin notes that Americans for South African Resistance (AFSAR) was initiated by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); the FOR has contributed the staff time for a great deal of the work; in addition there is a group of individual sponsors, as follows: Roger Baldwin, Shelton Hale Bishop, B. R. Brazeal, Pearl Buck, Allan Knight Chalmers, Dorothy Day, James L. Farmer, William J. Faulkner, Homer A. Jack, Charles S. Johnson, Mordecai Johnson, Alfred Baker Lewis, Conrad J. Lynn, A. J. Muste, William Stuart Nelson, Adam Clayton Powell, A. Philip Randolph, James H. Robinson, Bayard Rustin, George S. Schuyler, William Sutherland, Arthur L. Swift, Jr., Norman Thomas, Richard Walsh. The newsletter discusses non-Europeans, Donald Harrington, Charles Y. Trigg, George M. Houser, the Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws, the Civil Rights League, the Institute of Race Relations, the Torch Command, police, the Suppression of Communism Act, freedom of assembly, a policy of divide and rule, and the Nationalists (National Party).
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