American Committee on Africa Executive Board Meeting Tuesday, July 11

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after July 11, 1972 and before the next Executive Board meeting in September 1972
5 pages
Contents: Attendance • 3. Washington Report • 4. Finance Report • 5. Report by George Houser on his Trip to Africa • 6. Other Items • a) The 1972 Elections • b) South African Advertising • c) Angolan Coffee • d) Namibia • e) Rhodesia • f) William Booth reported on his testimony at the U.N. Special Committee on Apartheid on South Africa Freedom Day, June 26. • g) George Daniels announced that the Methodist Board of Missions is setting up an African News Service for the Black press. • Houser reported that Edgar [Ted] Lockwood has been acting on an interim basis in Washington for ACOA and the position of a projects organizer in New York has not yet been filled. In the Senate, amendments sponsored by Sen. McGee to repeal the Byrd Amendment that allows imports from Rhodesia were defeated; an amendment by Sen. Case was passed to block funds for the Azores Pact with Portugal pending its submission for the advice and consent of the Senate, but the Export-Import Bank credits for Portugal provided for in the Pact were allowed to remain. Lockwood testified about U.N. sanctions against Rhodesia before the House Sub-Committee on International Organizations and Movements (Rep. Donald Fraser, Chairman) and Rep. Charles Diggs will hold hearings on Namibia in the House Subcommittee on Africa in September. Daniels pointed out the need to get three-to-five commitments for funding the Washington Office. Regarding the court injunction filed to stop the imports from Rhodesia, Lockwood reported that the appeal had been denied due to lack of standing and because the judge declared that it was a political issue for the Congress to handle; Joel Carlson is preparing to file an emergency appeal. Dick Leonard introduced Douglas Wachholz, who is working on a legal research project for The Africa Fund and the Council for Christian Social Action of the United Church of Christ about the U. S. law that prohibits importing goods produced by forced labor. He has presented Congressional testimony on applicability of this law to South African imports and is working now on preparing the case for legal action. Bishop Auala from Namibia is traveling in the U.S. under the auspices of the State Dept. and the AAI; also in the U.S. is Marge Schmidt, Secretary to Bishop Colin Winter in Namibia before his expulsion. Houser’s trip including attending the conference on Namibia organized by SWAPO in Brussels, meetings in London, and attending the Organization of African Unity meeting in Rabat, Morocco. From there he went to Kinshasa, where he attempted to use the U.N. visa for Namibia, then to Lusaka, Dar es Salaam, and Nairobi. Houser met with President Kaunda of Zambia and President Nyerere of Tanzania; President Nyerere expressed deep interest in the disengagement issue and had asked for materials about U.S. corporations in southern Africa so he could make statements at appropriate times. Houser mentioned the surprising meeting between Dr. Agostinho Neto of the MPLA, Holden Roberto of GRAE, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, and President Ngouabi of the Congo which resulted in discussion of unity. Houser urged a reevaluation of the situation in Zimbabwe and South Africa, where activities of the liberation groups seemed confined mainly to the exterior and new groups and actions are taking place internally. Dick Leonard reported that an ACOA position paper worked on by Janet Hooper, Elizabeth Landis, and Timothy Smith had been sent to active groups. He reported that the New York Times had not responded to the ACOA letter prepared by Peter Connell of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law concerning advertising jobs in South Africa; the New York City Human Rights Commission has already initiated action against travel agencies placing ads for South Africa. Jennifer Davis reported on the progress of Africa Fund research on imports of Angolan coffee into the U.S.; a Barnard College work-study student, Zemoria Rosemond, is helping with the research. Lockwood reported on legal investigations concerning U.S. corporations operating in Namibia that pay taxes to the illegal South Africa authorities and claim credits for them with the IRS. Secretary General Waldheim has made no official report about the U.N. presence in Namibia. The State Department says it does not recognize the authority of the Council for Namibia to grant visas for Namibia or to call U.S. corporations to testify about their operations in Namibia. Henry Lieberg circulated a report on the arrival in Baltimore of a shipment of nickel from Rhodesia; despite the failure to repeal the Byrd amendment, there is word that the Longshoremen are continuing to honor the U.N. embargo on Rhodesian goods. ACOA is also attempting to keep the U.N. informed about U.S. violation of the sanctions. The minutes discuss Pan-Am (Pan American Airways), the OAU (Organization of African Unity), anniversary celebrations of FRELIMO, the Bagamoyo School, Chief Clement Kapuuo, Robert Browne, Elsie Carrington, Winnifred Courtney, Dorothy Hibbert, Jay Jacobson, William Johnston, Farrell Jones, Tilden LeMelle, Gail Morlan, Collin Gonze, Herman Rehban, and David Robinson. 
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections