[Letter to B.R. Dorsey, President, Gulf Oil Corporation]
by Richard K. Heacock, United Methodist Office for the United Nations
New York, New York, United States
April 2, 1971
United Methodist Office for the United Nations
Copy of a letter to Mr. B.R. Dorsey, President, Gulf Oil Corporation very likely distributed to supporters of the struggle for independence form Portugal. The letter says enclosed with this letter is my Gulf credit card, which I have used with pleasure from Alaska to Texas and New York. The letter says there is the rapidly accumulating data substantiating the considerable economic support Gulf provides Portugal for the privilege of exploiting the petroleum resources of Angola, Cabinda and Mozambique; the indirect effect of this arrangement is the continuation of Portugal's colonial control and military repression of the non-white African populations that are struggling for independence and self-determination in those territories of South Africa. The letter says your threat of legal action against the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ aroused my fighting instincts; at the same time, I began to realize that if Gulf and other American corporations were to be induced to adopt a more humane style of operation and elevate the survival and development of peoples as a priority at least equal to the profit motive, a widespread boycott of their products in the United States might be required. The mailing includes GULF OIL IN CABINDA taken from the July-August 1979 issue of Africa Today. The letter discusses the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, the International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, and the American Committee on Africa (ACOA).
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections