Faith organisations

pic8814. Prayer vigil at Kingston Guildhall

AAM supporters held a prayer vigil on the steps of Kingston Guildhall to show their opposition to a proposal by Kingston Council to invest pension funds in South Africa. Kingston Trades Council presented a petition to the Council asking it to reconsider.

pic8919. The Southern Africa Coalition, 1989

The Southern Africa Coalition was launched on 1 September 1989 to press the British government to impose targeted sanctions against South Africa. These included a ban on imports of coal and agricultural products and on loans to South Africa. The Coalition brought together a wide range of organisations, including trade unions, churches, overseas aid agencies and the Anti-Apartheid Movement

80s56. The Southern African Coalition

The Southern Africa Coalition was launched on 1 September 1989 to press the British government to impose targeted sanctions against South Africa. These included a ban on imports of coal and agricultural products and on loans to South Africa. The Coalition brought together a wide range of organisations, including trade unions, churches, overseas aid agencies and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

fai05. ‘Apartheid – A Religious Response’

Brochure calling on all people of faith in Britain to keep up the pressure on President de Klerk to enter into genuine negotiations for a democratic constitution in South Africa. The brochure argued that the campaign for comprehensive sanctions against South Africa should continue until apartheid had been irreversibly dismantled.

fai07. A Multi-Faith Response to Apartheid

This leaflet asked people of faith to boycott South Africa and challenge investments there. It showed how apartheid was incompatible with the beliefs of all the world’s major religions.

fai06. ‘South Africa – Freedom Now!’

This membership leaflet asked people of faith to join the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

90s01. Southern Africa Coalition Lobby

More than 4,000 people asked their MPs to support the maintenance of sanctions against South Africa on 27 February 1990. The lobby achieved a record coverage, with constituents lobbying 495 of 523 MPs sitting for English constituencies and a majority of Scottish and Welsh MPs. The day before Nelson Mandela’s release, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced that Britain would end its limited restrictions on new investment and tourism. The lobby was organised by the Southern Africa Coalition, a broad-based grouping of church organisations, trade unions, overseas aid agencies and the AAM.

pic9003. Lobby of Parliament, February 1990

Four thousand people from nearly every parliamentary constituency in Britain lobbied Parliament on 27 February 1990 calling for a ‘fundamental change in British policy’ towards South Africa. The lobby was organised by the Southern Africa Coalition and was the biggest ever parliamentary lobby on Southern Africa.