Coalition for Illinois' Divestment from South Africa

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Duration: June 1983-December 1987
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Newsletter: CIDSA Update

The Coalition for Illinois' Divestment from South Africa (CIDSA) was formed in June 1983 to push for the passage of a divestment bill in the Illinois State Legislature. CIDSA led the state-wide effort for divestment of companies doing business in South Africa, primarily focuses on public funds. After CIDSA achieved its main goals of divestment by the Illinois and the city of Chicago it ceased to exist and members formed the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa (CCISSA). (Source: former CIDSA members and CIDSA publications)

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Title: Prexy Nesbitt (Papers)
Time Span: 1962 - 1993
Media: 7.4 cubic feet. Includes photos and negatives.
Description: Papers of Nesbitt, a Chicago-area activist, relating to his work as consultant for the Mozambique government and with United States organizations and projects concerning Southern Africa, and their links to related movements in Africa. Included are files relating to the Mozambique Support Network, the Mozambique Solidarity Office (Chicago, IL), the Coalition for Illinois' Divestment from South Africa, the Chicago Committee for the Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau (CCLAMG), the Angola Support Conference, the American Committee on Africa, The Africa Fund, and the World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism and the Working Conference on Southern Africa (Madison, WI: 1975). There is also come material concerning Nesbitt's work in the Midwest as a union organizer and representative, teacher, and in community relations in the Chicago Mayor's Office. The papers include correspondence, tour and travel reports, conference and seminar papers, memoranda, and clippings. The photographs document people and events of projects in southern Africa, and also include images used in various organizations' newsletters.
Housed At: Wisconsin Historical Society
Location: 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706, United States
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Restrictions: This collection may be used only with the written permission of Prexy Nesbitt until September 2, 2012, at which time the restriction may be extended for one additional period. Contact librarian.
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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: Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government-sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. 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 the passing sanctions against working with companies that supported the apartheid government in South Africa, divesting their holdings from South Africa and South African banks, and encouraging other local governments and large cities to do the same. 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, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Coalition for Illinois Divestment from South Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, Mozambique Solidarity Office, Mozambique Support Network, Southern Africa Network of the ECLA, Synapses, and TransAfrica. The collection also includes material of national organizations.
Housed At: Columbia College Chicago Archives
Location: Suite 201, 619 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
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