Boycott

bom16. Boycott News No. 1

The Boycott Movement produced three issues of its broadsheet, Boycott News, early in 1960. The first issue printed an appeal by ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli for a boycott of South African goods. The appeal was also signed by Peter Brown, Chairman of the South African Liberal Party and GM Naicker, President of the South African Indian Congress. The broadsheet sold over 100,000 copies.

bom17. Boycott News No. 2

The Boycott Movement produced three issues of its broadsheet, Boycott News, early in 1960. The second issue reported on the progress of the boycott campaign after its launch at a national conference held on 17 January 1960. It printed messages of support from Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell and Liberal Party leader Jo Grimond.

bom18. Boycott News No. 3

The Boycott Movement produced three issues of its broadsheet, Boycott News, early in 1960. The third issue was published soon after the Sharpeville massacre. It endorsed the ANC’s call for the imposition of UN economic sanctions against South Africa and reported on opinion polls showing that 25% of people in Britain boycotted South African goods during the March Month of Boycott. It announced that the Boycott Movement had reconstituted itself as the Anti-Apartheid Committee with a wide programme of anti-apartheid activity. 

tu02. South Africa Today

This leaflet stressed that the call for a boycott of South African goods in Britain was part of an international campaign by workers all over the world.

boy01. ‘Don’t Buy South African – Watch the Label’

From its foundation as the Boycott Movement in 1959, the AAM put the consumer boycott at the centre of its campaigns. It produced regular updated lists of South African brands. This leaflet was produced soon after the AAM moved to its new offices in Charlotte Street in 1964.

60s25. ‘Fight apartheid with your shopping basket’

This leaflet asking shoppers to boycott South African goods was produced as part of the AAM’s 1965 campaign.

boy02. Do Not Buy South African Goods!

The Political Committee of the London Co-operative Society worked with the AAM to produce this list of alternative sources of supply of goods usually imported from South Africa. The AAM campaigned for a boycott of South African goods by the Co-operative Movement, but store managers were reluctant to implement a ban for commercial reasons.

boy32. Alternatives to South African fruit

The AAM circulated this list of sources of fresh and tinned fruit to shops and other retailers in the 1960s. It showed that there were many alternatives to South African imports.