ZA COM MR-AAO-080
Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa
- 1976 - mid-1980s (Accumulation)
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Michigan State University Library has the records of the organisation covering the period 1970-1990s. The collection holds materials from other organisations as well, for example the Polaroid Campaign and the Gulf Oil Boycott.
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BCLSA was established after the 1976 Soweto uprising and started with a campaign against the ties between the First National Bank (FNB) of Boston and South Africa. It remained a specialist organisation but broadened its activities to disinvestment and boycott. It helped to form MassDivest in 1980, an organisation which led the campaign to disinvest the state pension from companies doing business with South Africa. It ceased to be a separate organisation in the mid 1980s and joined other organisations such as Free South Africa and TransAfrica.
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The Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (SASC), formed around 1975, was the predecessor of BCLSA. BCLSA ceased to be a separate organisation in the mid 1980s, and joined other organisations such as Free South Africa and TransAfrica.