bdg50. ‘Disinvest: Break the South African Connection’

This badge reproduced the cover design from the Penguin Books edition of ‘The South African Connection’, published in 1973. The book contested the argument that the growth of manufacturing industry in South Africa would bring about the end of apartheid and set out the case for disinvestment. 

bdg51. ‘Defend Socialism at Birth’

Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau won their independence from Portugal in 1975 after a protracted guerrilla war. This badge was produced by the Mozambique Angola and Guine Information Centre (MAGIC), set up as the Mozambique and Guine Information Centre in August 1975. MAGIC published a bi-monthly magazine about developments in the former Portuguese colonies and recruited volunteers to work in Mozambique.

bdg49. ‘No Tory Sell-Out in Zimbabwe’

Badge produced in the run-up to the Lancaster House talks on the future of Zimbabwe in the summer of 1979. The AAM campaigned to stop the Conservative government elected in May 1979 from recognising the Muzorewa government in Zimbabwe and against any agreement that would not lead to majority rule. In June 1979 it joined with other groups to set up the Zimbabwe Emergency Campaign Committee.

bdg23. Free Nelson Mandela

Badge produced for the AAM campaign for the release of Nelson Mandela in response to a petition launched by the Sunday Post in South Africa in 1980. The AAM distributed thousands of badges, leaflets and stickers calling for Mandela’s release. A ‘Free Mandela’ declaration was endorsed by British MPs, trade unions, playwrights, musicians and academics.

bdg04. AAM women’s badge

The AAM Women’s Committee produced this badge soon after its formation in the summer of 1980. 

bdg21. Support the Wilson-Rowntree Strike

In February 1981, workers at Wilson-Rowntree’s East London factory were sacked for striking in protest at the dismissal of three colleagues. Wilson-Rowntree was a subsidiary of the British company Rowntree-Mackintosh. The AAM campaigned with the British unions GMWU, USDAW and TGWU  to make the company reinstate the sacked workers and recognise the South African Allied Workers Union.

bdg34. Walking for Soweto

From the late 1970s local AA groups held annual sponsored walks to raise funds for the ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College on Tanzania. The walks took place around 16 June, the anniversary of the school students uprising in Soweto. Anti-apartheid supporters in Brent, north-west London, wore this badge on their walk in 1984.