Clergy and Laity Concerned

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Alternate Names: Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam
Duration: 1965- (The organization no longer exists)
Location: New York, New York, United States

Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC) (originally called Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam) was founded to oppose the U.S. war in Vietnam. After the end of the Vietnam war, CALC focused on other issues including supporting popular struggles in Latin America and struggles against colonialism and apartheid in Africa. Based in New York, CALC had chapters across the country. CALC and its chapters were involved in divestment campaigns against companies doing business in South Africa. In 1977 CALC joined with the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), the American Friends Service Committee and trade unions to form the Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA). CALC staff member Gene Jones and ACOA staff member Prexy Nesbitt were the first coordinators of COBLSA. COBLSA had local affiliates across the country and Minnesota and Chicago CALC were very involved. In 1980 John Collins, the co-director of CALC, announce that CALC has helped ship "Omkeer" (About Face in Afrikaans), a banned publication for draft age youth and soldiers that advocated draft resistance and desertion from the apartheid army, into South Africa.

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Title: Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection, 1977-2000
Time Span: 1977 - 2000
Media: 10.0 Cubic Feet. Administrative Records, Artifacts, Brochures, Buttons (information artifacts), Correspondence, Journals (periodicals), Magazines (periodicals), Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Personal Papers, Photographs, Political Posters, Reports, T-Shirts, Video Tapes, posters
Description: Chicago was active in anti-apartheid efforts, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa primarily through the efforts of local social justice, religious, and activist groups. Chicago organizations worked for passing sanctions against companies that supported the apartheid government in South Africa and divesting their holdings from South Africa and South African banks. In 1990, Chicago was proclaimed a Sister Community to Alexandra Township, the largest township of Johannesburg. Series include: 1. Secondary Sources, 1981-1996, 2. Local Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1977-1995, 3. National Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1990-1995, 4. South African Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1989-1994, 5. International Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1982-1995, 6. Events, 1981-1995, 7. Conferences, 1983-1993, 8: Reports, 1978-1994, 9. Writings and Notes, 1985-2000, 10. Photographs, 1981-1994, 11. Artifacts, 1980's-1990's, 12. Publications, 1978-2000. Illinois organizations in the collection include: Chicago Alexandra Sister Community Project, 8th Day Center for Justice, Southern Africa Network of the ECLA, Synapses, and others listed below, as well as national organizations.
Housed At: Columbia College Chicago Archives
Location: Suite 201, 619 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
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