National Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa

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Alternate Names: Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa
Duration: 1975-1977
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States


The National Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa (CLSA) was a network of local community, campus, church-based, national organizations and other groups in North America organizing to oppose white minority rule in Southern Africa. (Generally the name was simply Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa.) The CLSA sought to end U.S. and Canadian government and corporate complicity with that rule, and to support the liberation movements that it saw as in the forefront of the struggle for economic justice and political self-determination by the African majority. This coalition was formed as an outgrowth of the Working Conference on Southern Africa in Madison, Wisconsin in October 1975. The initial 17 groups involved in the coalition were: African Liberation Support Committee-Atlanta; American Committee on Africa; Anti-Apartheid Movement of the USA; Bay Area Namibia Action Group; Chicago Committee for the Liberation of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau; Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa; Freedom Information Service; Lutheran Committee on Namibia; Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa; Philadelphia Coalition to Stop Rhodesian and South African Imports; Southern Africa Committee; Southern Africa Liberation Committee; Syracuse Committee on Southern Africa Liberation; Task Forces on Southern Africa, United Church of Christ, Massachusetts and Washington, DC; Washington Office on Africa; Women’s Division, Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church. In late 1977, the coalition established an office on Chicago, Illinois. Member groups were located in California; Illinois; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Mississippi; New York; Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Wisconsin; and Vancouver, Canada. (Source: Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa Newsletter, October 1977)

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Title: Carole Collins Papers
Time Span: About 1971-1983, possibly starts earlier and continues later
Description: Includes material from the time Collins was based in Chicago and later in Washington, DC. Collins became the national coordinator for the Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) in 1981. The collection includes material put out by Africa Research Group, African-American Solidarity Committee, American Committee on Africa, American Friends Service Committee, Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa, Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa/Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa, Chicago Anti-Imperialist Collective, Chicago Coalition on Southern Africa, Chicago Committee for a Free Africa, Chicago Committee for African Liberation, Chicago Committee for the Liberation of Angola Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, Coalition Against Corporate Involvement in Southern Africa, Coalition to Stop N.U. Investments in South Africa, D.C. Bank Campaign, Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, Divestiture Working Group, Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa, Midwest Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa, National Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa, New World Resource Center, Northeast Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa, Seattle Committee to Oppose Bank Loans for South Africa, South African Military Refugee Aid Fund, Southern Africa Coalition, Stockholders for Majority Rule in Southern Africa, Stop Banking on Apartheid, University of Chicago Action Committee on South Africa, Washington Office on Africa.
Housed At: Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
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Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/spc/index/