ST. CYPRIAN'S ACTION FORUM - SOME SUGGESTIONS

by Africa Resource Center
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, early 1986
2 pages
Type: Policy Document
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN SOUTH AFRICA • DISCUSS WITH OTHERS WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED • ACT IN SUPPORT OF THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM ESCALATING IN SOUTH AFRICA • Externally for refugees • Externally to the liberation movement • Internally • Special Projects • WORK TO END U.S. SUPPORT OF THE APARTHEID SYSTEM • Force the U.S. to stop underwriting and profiting from apartheid • Through legislation • Through corporate boycott campaigns • Through divestment • The document says many national organizations--from trade unions to denominations--have produced background materials concerning South Africa; anti-apartheid organizations in the Bay Area have begun to produce newsletters and hold forums and film series; in concert with others, organize an educational program, a special Day of Concern (June 16, 1986 has been selected by the National Council of Churches), a film series, etc.; consider doing this for your neighborhood as well as organizations to which you belong and the church/synagogue you attend. The document says write letters to the editor of your local newspaper or organizational news organ; consider doing a guest editorial for radio or TV stations. Utilize call-in radio programs for raising issues or responding to a program host or person being interviewed. The document says the UN supervises several refugee camps in Southern Africa. The African National Congress has a major camp in Tanzania where it operates the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College. The Pan Africanist Congress has also established a training college for its refugees. The document says the African National Congress is the oldest as well as primary liberation organization; the Pan Africanist Congress and the Black Consciousness Movement also have external offices; these three have been banned by the South African government and therefore cannot operate above ground inside the country, although support for the ANC is becoming more and more visible within the townships and black areas. The document says the South African Council of Churches has four programs designed to aid the black community (including those people forced to resettle to what are literally concentration camps); it has also established the Special Relief Fund for the mean, women and children affected by the escalating violence (they are provided with food, emergency family support and funds for medical expenses); the South African Women's Fund (based in Oakland) donates money to black women's self-help projects as well as the Federation of South African Women; individual trade unions are able to receive funds from outside the country; the International Defense and Aid Fund (based in England) collects funds for the defense of political prisoners and support for their families. The document says after Gov. Deukmejian vetoed moderate divestment legislation last year, a number of bills have been introduced this session; contact your representative to urge support; locally, a number of cities have passed divestment legislation; talk with your Supervisor or City Councilperson to make sure implementation is happening. The document says the primary campaigns up to this point have targeted banks making loans to South Africa; those continuing to do so in California are Bank of America, Bank of the West, First Interstate, Security Pacific, while Barclays of California is owned by Barclays International, a primary lender to South Africa. The document says national religious organizations have targeted: Burroughs, Control Data and IBM for post card campaigns to pull out of South Africa and forsee a national boycott call against Chevron, Citicorp, Fluor, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Mobil, Newmont Mining and Texaco because of their refusal to actively work for the dismantlement of apartheid; the AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers, Free South Africa Movement and NAACP have called for a boycott of Shell Oil products as part of the international campaign to force Shell out of South Africa. The document discusses alternatives to daily newspapers, mainstream electronic media, Africa News, ANC Weekly Briefing, Facts and Reports, KPFA FM, listener supported radio, KPOO FM, material aid, the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO), the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the Washington Office on Africa (WOA), a city's tax monies, pension funds, an individual account, and an organizational account. [Note: the ACTION FORUM ON SOUTH AFRICA at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in San Francisco was held on Tuesday, March 18, 1986.]
Used by permission of Milton Clarke and Walter Turner, former members of the Africa Resource Center.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers