Boycott

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.

70s12. Southern Africa Freedom Convention

The AAM celebrated its 15th anniversary with a ‘Freedom Convention’ at Camden Lock, London on 30 June 1974. Stalls displayed information about South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Portugal’s African colonies. A petition for the release of South African prisoners with 30,000 signatures was presented to Nigeria’s UN Ambassador Edwin Ogbu, Chair of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid. The Convention also highlighted the call for a boycott of all South African products.

pic7403. Southern Africa Freedom Convention

The AAM celebrated its fifteenth anniversary with a ‘Freedom Convention’ at Camden Lock, London on 30 June 1974. Stalls displayed information about South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Portugal’s African colonies. A petition for the release of South African prisoners with 30,000 signatures was presented to Nigeria’s UN Ambassador Edwin Ogbu, Chair of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid. The Convention also highlighted the call for a boycott of all South African products.

po052. Look before you buy. Boycott the products of apartheid

Poster asking shoppers to boycott South African goods. This was a reprint of a poster first produced in 1978. Some of the items incorporate images of the shootings of school students in Soweto in June 1976.

boy33. Don’t Buy Apartheid Products

Leaflet asking shoppers to boycott South African goods. Many anti-apartheid groups produced leaflets like this for distribution in local shopping centres, drawing on lists of products and statistics supplied by the national AAM.

boy34. Apartheid Kills

Many local AA groups produced their own leaflets, like this one asking shoppers in Haringey, north London to pressure Tesco into withdrawing South African products.