DRAFT OF LETTER TO AFRICAN LIBERATION MOVEMENTS

by Committee of Returned Volunteers
New York, New York, United States
Undated, 1969?
Publisher: Committee for a Free Mozambique
1 page
Type: Correspondence
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
The draft communication to liberation movements included materials about the Committee of Returned Volunteers (CRV). The letter describes actions in which CRV has participated, including demonstrations in Chicago at the Democratic Convention in August and around Nixon's inauguration in Washington, D.C. in January. CRV has 12 chapters, with more being formed; the Boston and New York chapters each has an active Africa committee. We sent a memo to all chapters before the anniversary of Sharpeville, urging them to use the anniversary as a starting point for projects related to the Liberation Movements in southern Africa. Understanding of the Liberation Movements is greatly lacking in the U.S. Some of us who were in Zambia and Tanzania had the opportunity to come to know some freedom fighters and to begin to learn something in depth of your struggle. In making an effort to relate to your struggle and in trying to support it, we have almost totally focused on protesting U.S. economic and political complicity with the fascist regimes of South Africa, Rhodesia and Portugal. CRV is urging its members to be in contact with representatives of the African political parties in the U.S., with students from Southern Africa, and to discuss with them meaningful projects. To discover how we can be most relevant, we believe we need to be in correspondence with your offices in Lusaka and Dar-es-Salaam. We would like to exchange Newsletters and learn more of the material needs of your movement. We would also like to learn more about the kind of society which you are creating in liberated areas and which you plan once total liberation is achieved. The draft letter says we continue to discover links between U.S. businesses overseas, political figures, and college presidents and trustees and the kinds of domestic policies they push; through this we can see that our struggle is indeed in common with yours, and that we can be of help to each other.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers