National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation

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Duration: October 1973 - early 1990
Location: New York, New York, United States

The National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation (NAIMSAL) was a national organization that operated in many cities in the United States. NAIMSAL campaigned against apartheid, Portuguese colonialism, and the racist regime in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). NAIMSAL supported the African National Congress (ANC), SWAPO, MPLA, ZANU/ZAPU (Patriotic Front), PAIGC and FRELIMO. In 1975 NAIMSAL presented 100,000 signatures to the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid demanding sanctions against the apartheid regime of South Africa. In 1984 NAIMSAL, along with the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression and the United States Peace Council, presented the United Nations with petitions for the release of Nelson Mandela signed by over 34,000 persons. NAIMSAL sought to join the struggle in the United States with struggles in Africa in a new type of anti-imperialist Pan Africanism. NAIMSAL opposed the Cold War ideology which sought to marginalize the liberation movements and several governments of independent states on the basis of anti-communism. Anthony Monteiro was executive secretary of NAIMSAL. Many members were associated with the Communist Party USA. (Source: Anthony Monteiro, a former member of NAIMSAL; and various other sources including Free Nelson Mandela, by E.S. Reddy, July 1988.)

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Title: Mario Marcel Salas (Papers)
Time Span: 1970s - 1980s (Africa material)
Description: Mario Marcel Salas was born in San Antonio, Texas on July 30, 1949. Salas became an advocate for San Antonio's African-American community in the early 1970s and was a key member of local activist groups such as the San Antonio chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Organizations United for Eastside Development, Black Coalition on Mass Media, and Frontline 2000. He was elected to the City Council of San Antonio in 1997, where he served two full terms as Representative for District 2. In addition, he was involved with political issues relating to social justice and human rights struggles world-wide. In particular, Salas supported the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and through the San Antonio Committee Against Mercenary Recruitment (1977-1978), opposed the recruitment of Americans as mercenaries in the revolutionary war in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). Organizations represented in the collection include the African Liberation Support Committee (both national and in San Antonio), National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation, San Antonio Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation (1978-1979) and the Texas Committee on African and World Affairs. The Topics and Events subseries encompasses local and global aspects of the human rights struggle and includes information on domestic African-American civil rights issues as well as revolutionary and progressive political movements abroad. The plight of political prisoners was of particular interest to Salas and the collection profiles activists wrongly imprisoned in the U.S. and African countries. U.S. groups like the Wilmington 10, the Houston 12, and South African prisoners such as Nelson Mandela, are represented by newsletters, bulletins and news clippings. The topics series also contains news clippings, bulletins and fliers related to the Vietnam War and political unrest in countries such as Grenada, Namibia and South Africa. This series additionally incorporates materials - boycott posters, liberation pamphlets and news clippings - highlighting the struggle against Apartheid and the subsequent boycotting of the Krugerrand coins of South Africa. The archive includes a folder on the Conference in Solidarity with the Liberation Struggles of the Peoples of Southern Africa (1981-1982). Materials were donated by Mario Marcel Salas in 2003 and 2006.
Housed At: University of Texas at San Antonio Library
Location: Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), 801 South Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205-3296, United States
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Title: Frances E. Williams (Papers)
Time Span: 1975-1989 (anti-apartheid and anti-colonialism activity)
Description: The collection contains personal papers of Frances E. Williams from 1965 to 1995 relating to her professional career as an actress, personal/cultural interests, community involvements, and to a larger extent her political activism. As a political activist, she was one of the first black women to run for the California State Assembly in 1948 on the Progressive Party ticket. The bulk of the material covers the years between 1975 and 1986 when Williams was active in the anti-apartheid and communist solidarity movements taking place in the greater Los Angeles area. Series 9 (1975-1989) of the collection covers her anti-apartheid activism. This series well documents Williams' involvement in the South African anti-apartheid movement, especially as it pertains to activities taking place in Los Angeles. The materials document great efforts made to prevent the building of the South African Consulate in Century City/Los Angeles through petitions, rallies, and meetings. As the chairperson of National Anti-Imperialist Movement on Solidarity with African Liberation (NAIMSAL), Los Angeles Office, Williams was in close correspondence with the American Committee on Africa and the Washington Office on Africa, uniting their efforts to fight against apartheid in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. She was a co-founder of Art Against Apartheid. She also represented the World Peace Council at the first Angola Independence Celebration in 1975 and co-founded the Art Against Apartheid Movement in Los Angeles. Although Williams' attendance at the international conferences cannot be determined, the section on Conferences includes comprehensive reports from the a series conferences. Materials suggest that Williams was peripherally involved in efforts to fight for equality in sports and humanitarian aid for African children. The flyers, mailings, and publications primarily consist of announcements of events, rallies, and protests in support of the anti-apartheid movements taking place in area. The bulk of the newspaper clippings from the late 1970s are on Angola's fight for independence and the clippings from 1980s are mostly on anti-apartheid protests, South Africa, and Nelson Mandela.
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Location: 6120 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044, United States
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Time Span: 1960 - 1992
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