Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition

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Duration: 1977- Unknown
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition (WMSC) was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in response to the interest generated by a forum on repression in South Africa held by the Third World Women’s Organization. The goals of the WMSC were to build a campaign to free Winnie Mandela and other women political prisoners in South Africa and to educate, organize, and involve individual women and women’s organizations in support of South African liberation. The WMSC supported United States corporate withdrawal from South Africa. Activities of the coalition included educational programs and production and dissemination of leaflets and a poster. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 1978, the WMSC held a press conference at the First National Bank of Boston to protest the bank’s involvement in South Africa and in solidarity with Winnie Mandela who was in jail in South Africa at the time. (Source: Caroline Hunter and Black Women in South Africa and the Case of Winnie Mandela, Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition, 1978)