Support Organization for the Liberation of Southern Africa


Duration: Unknown, existed in 1979 – Unknown, existed in December 1980
Location: Ithaca, New York, United States


The Support Organization for the Liberation of Southern Africa (SOLSA) was a student organization at Cornell University. SOLSA campaigned to get the university to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. SOLSA supported the liberation struggles waged by the people of Southern Africa; demanded that Cornell cut all ties with the Southern African regimes including the divestment of Cornell's holdings from companies operating in South Africa; opposed any on-campus activities of corporations, institutions or individuals who in any way supported the racist regimes of Southern Africa; demanded an end to all U.S. involvement in Southern Africa. In February 1979 SOLSA picketed representative of Olin Corporation conducting recruitment interviews; Olin Corporation had pleaded no contest the previous March to charges it violated the arms embargo on the sale of weapons to South Africa from 1971 to 1975. (Source: "Students Picket Olin Reps Over Arms Sales Violations" by Scott Schnipper, The Cornell Daily Sun, February 14, 1979; A letter to the editor by Stephen T. Jones, The Cornell Daily Sun, February 26, 1979; "Students Protest for Divestment At Board's Executive Committee" by Laura Post, The Cornell Daily Sun, March 16, 1979; and "To the Cornell Community", The Cornell Daily Sun, December 10, 1980.)