Minutes of the SOUTHERN AFRICA SUPPORT NETWORK meeting on August 13, 1983
by Southern Africa Support Network
Oakland, California, United States
Undated, sometime after August 13, 1983 and before September 10, 1983
1. Fundraiser • 2. Cultural Boycott • 3. Special Guests. The fundraiser for a big concert is planned for October 1 or 8, in a private house, with a goal to host 300 people who will have paid a donation of $7 each, or $10 for two. Checks should be made out to the Africa Resource Center (ARC), for Southern Africa Support Network. The group has put up more than $500. A house is needed, and names are needed from various mailing lists (e.g., Ron Dellums, unions, ARC, etc.). The ARC will research the cultural boycott and distribute results to the network participants. Sam and Wely, guests from South Africa, advocated strongly for the cultural boycott, saying that, when black Americans perform in South Africa for Blacks, those South Africans begin to "think" they are not so isolated (as they really are under apartheid). Black American performers even help to produce a false black middle class. These performers are managed through the white South African government, which tries to legitimize apartheid by letting them perform in front of mixed audiences. These performers have no mandate of the black South Africans, who insist on inviting their favorite performers themselves, as they did with Jimmy Cliff. The group discussed the situation in South Africa with Markus, a pastor from West Germany, and Wely and Sam, who were ministers in South Africa and recently live and work and study in the Netherlands. They also discussed the liberation movement in South Africa, support groups in Europe and in the U.S., and their experiences at the 6th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver. Those present were Anne Poirier, Ted Johnson, Phil Hutchings, Jacqueline Howard, John Stephens, Samuel Abrahams, Wely Mazamisa, Markus Braun, Rosemarie Bolte, Beverly Morris, Gery Hicks, Walter Turner, and Amy Mariotti.
Used by permission of a former member of Southern Africa Support Network.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers