Action Against Apartheid - Why We Protest
by American Committee on Africa, Congress of Racial Equality
New York, New York, United States
October 9, 1963
Congress of Racial Equality, American Committee on Africa
Leaflet passed out at a protest picket line against US-South African trade at Port Authority Pier 6 in Brooklyn, where the "South Africa Pioneer," bearing goods from South Africa was waiting to be discharged. The leaflet says we are marching today in protest against South African-American trade. The leaflet says International trade & investments keep South Africa going, International trade & investments make racism possible, International trade & investments reap enormous profits from the labor of non-whites. The leaflet says the U. S. imports from South Africa total more than $200,000,000 a year. The leaflet says imports include wool diamonds, copper, lobsters, manganese. The leaflet says Africans in South Africa do not have the right to vote, to live where they please, to work where they please, the move where they please, to write what they please, to decent wages, to a decent education, to form trade unions, to protest the law of the land. The leaflet says non-whites are forced by law to work in the white man's mines, factories & farms. The leaflet demands that President Kennedy direct the U.S. Mission to the UN to support resolutions and sanctions against South Africa, place an embargo on American trade with South Africa, and suspend recognition of the South African Government until such time as it represents all South Africa. [Note: there is a error in the name on the leaflet that should be Congress of Racial Equality.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive