Contents: CARTER LIFTS SANCTIONS • RHODESIAN SANCTIONS, Statement of Randall Robinson before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on African Affairs, December 6, 1979 • EVENTS • ACTION ALERTS • Excerpt from November 16 letter from Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to Randall Robinson about Rhodesian sanctions violations, South Africa, and U.S. foreign assistance to Africa • On December 16, President Carter lifted sanctions against Rhodesia, despite pressure from black American leaders to extend them. The U.S. became the third nation - after Great Britain and New Zealand - to take such action. Representatives from TransAfrica, the Congressional Black Caucus, and other national black organizations had called upon the President to maintain U.S. compliance with the United Nations Security Council measurers until free elections are held in Rhodesia or until the Security Council moves to lift the restrictions. On November 14, the President had committed to 17 black leaders that sanctions would not be lifted until elections began at the end of the forthcoming transition period. This commitment was reverse a day before a cease fire agreement was reached in London at talks conducted by Great Britain between the Patriotic Front and the Internal Settlement regime of Bishop Abel Muzorewa. On September 20, representatives from TransAfrica, NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, Delta Sigma Theta, and the National Urban League met with Secretary Cyrus about Southern Africa, foreign assistance, and affirmative action programs at the State Department. On November 20-21, TransAfrica and the International Freedom Mobilization hosted a meeting at Harambee House Hotel in Washington, D.C. of 35 task force coordinators from Congressional districts. This meeting was the start of an effort to set up mechanics for pressure delivery in every congressional district where blacks comprise at least 10% of the electorate. The newsletter asks people to communicate with their Congressman an Senator that the U.S. must support full United Nations sanctions against South Africa because the Pretoria government has not abandoned its racial policies, and the U.S. should not sell arms to Morocco. The newsletter mentions Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa William Harrop, Ambassador Donald McHenry, Ronald Walters, Bell helicopters, the Department of Commerce, Cessna aircraft, Sini-Marchetti fighter-bombers, oil shipments, the British government's Bingham report, Mobil Oil, Caltex, Dick Moose, Eschel Rhoodie, the South African Department of Information, aid to Africa, Security Council Resolution 253, and Security Council Resolution 423.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Dean McHenry, Jr. Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections