Local AA groups

pic7904. Camden Anti-Apartheid Group Soweto walk

From 1978 anti-apartheid local groups held sponsored walks on the anniversary of the Soweto uprising to raise funds for the ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu Freedom School in Tanzania. In the photograph are Det Glynn of Camden AA Group and AAM staff member Chris Child getting ready for a sponsored walk in Camden, London in June 1979.

 

 

 

pic7907. March against the Barbarians rugby tour

Anti-apartheid demonstrators marched through Exeter to protest at a visit by the South African ‘Barbarians’ rugby team in the autumn of 1979. The team’s game against Devon was part of an eight-match tour of Britain. There were protests at every match. The Sports Council, TUC, British Council of Churches, and Labour and Liberal Parties all called for the cancellation of the tour.

lgs02. Coventry v Barbarians

The South African Barbarians rugby team’s tour of Britain in 1979 was part of South Africa’s attempt to get back into world rugby. This leaflet publicised a protest at the team’s fixture against Coventry organised by the local anti-apartheid group. It appealed to British trade unionists to support their fellow workers in South Africa.

pic7916. Coventry v Barbarians

Demonstrators protested in Coventry on 17 October 1979 against a visit by the South African ‘Barbarians’ rugby team. The eight-match tour of Britain was part of South Africa’s attempt to get back into world rugby. There were protests at every match. The Sports Council, TUC, British Council of Churches, and Labour and Liberal Parties all called for the cancellation of the tour.

tsh44. ‘For Freedom in Southern Africa’

This sweatshirt featuring the AAM badge was produced in a range of colours by the AAM. The design was first used by Barnet AA Group, which pioneered the production of T-shirts and sweatshirts publicising AAM campaigns in the late 1970s.

po055. Anti-Apartheid Fortnight of Action

Poster advertising an AAM fortnight of events to celebrate South Africa Freedom Day, 26 June 1980. The poster provided space for local anti-apartheid groups to insert information about local activities.

lgs03. Merton AA Group programme

This programme of events organised by Merton AA Group in south London, October–December 1980, included a fundraising filmshow and concert, pickets of the local branches of Sainsbury’s and Barclays Bank, and a material aid collection for the liberation movements.

lgs04. ‘Apartheid and the Dole’

Merseyside AA Group prioritised campaigning for support among local trade unionists. This leaflet argued that unemployment in Britain was a direct consequence of the low wages and repression of South African workers.