South Africa Catalyst Project

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Duration: 1977 - 1982
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States
Newsletter: A Luta Continua

The South Africa Catalyst Project was formed in June 1977 by 20 Stanford community members involved in the Stanford Committee for a Responsible Investment Policy (SCRIP). It was created in response to requests from college activists interested in changing American foreign policy and ending university investments in South Africa. The Project produced an organizer's handbook and sponsored a full-time traveler to distribute information about the role of U.S. investment in South Africa and catalyze activity on California campuses. Another collective was later formed in the Northeast. The Catalyst Project provided support and information about alternative investments and current anti-apartheid activity to a growing campus network. From 1979 to 1981, Chris Hables Gray served as research director and traveling organizer for the South Africa Catalyst Project. It wound up in 1982, although some activities may have continued on the East Coast. (Source: Lawrence Litvak and South Africa: Foreign Investment and Apartheid, Institute for Policy Studies, 1978)

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Title: American Committee on Africa
Time Span: 1949 - 2001
Media: 284.07 Linear Feet; publications, correspondence, research files, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, photos, audio tapes, videos, etc.
Description: Papers, records, publications 1949-2001 of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). Includes the some material of Americans for South African Resistance (AFSAR). The collection includes the correspondence, project and research files of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). The collection includes publications, newsletters, photos, posters, videos and films published by ACOA and other organizations. The collection includes papers, articles and correspondence of Adotei Akwei, Michael Fleshman, Jennifer Davis, James Farmer, Donald Harrington, Mary-Louise Hooper, George M. Houser, Paul Irish, Richard Knight, Dumisani S. Kumalo, Richard Lapchick, Conrad Lynn, Frank Montero, Prexy Nesbitt, Andrew E. Norman, Joshua Nessen, Wyatt Tee Walker, Peter Weiss and many others. It also includes correspondence with numerous African liberation movement leaders. In May 2013 a finding aid American Committee on Africa records addendum, 1949-2001 was added. The collection also includes material from many other U.S. and international solidarity and anti-colonial and anti-apartheid organizations. For more information on see "No One Can Stop the Rain: Glimpses of Africa's Liberation Struggle" by George M. Houser (New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1989) and "Meeting Africa's Challenge - The Story of ACOA" by George M. Houser, ISSUE: A Quarterly Journal of Africanist Opinion, Volume VI, Numbers 2/3 Summer /Fall 1976. Donated by the American Committee on Africa.
Housed At: Amistad Research Center
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Title: Lawrence Litvak South Africa Catalyst Project collection
Time Span: 1977 - 1980
Description: Lawrence "Larry" Litvak was one of twenty Stanford University (Palo Alto, California) community involved in the Stanford Committee for a Responsible Investment Policy that in June 1977 that formed the South Africa Catalyst Project. The Project was involved in the campaign for divestment from U.S. companies doing business in apartheid South Africa on California campuses. The collection includes material produced by the Project and that he co-authored. Items in the collection include: Organize (South Africa Catalyst Project, 1977), South Africa: Foreign Investment and Apartheid (Institute for Policy Studies, 1977), Anti-Apartheid Organizing On Campus... ....And Beyond (South Africa Catalyst Project, 1978) and Pension Funds and Ethical Investment: A Study on Investment Practices and Opportunities, State of California Retirements Systems (Council on Economic Priorities, 1980). Collection donated by Lawrence Litvak.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
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