Local AA groups

pic8710. Southwark boycott of Shell

The leader of Southwark Council in south London, Anne Matthews, joined a picket of a local Shell garage in May 1987. The picket was part of an international week of action, 11–17 May, when the AAM’s London Committee organised demonstrations outside over 100 Shell garages in London. Shell was joint owner of one of South Africa’s biggest oil refineries. It was a lead company in South Africa’s coalmining and petrochemicals industries. The AAM launched its ‘Boycott Shell’ campaign on 1 March 1987.

Pic8736. Nottingham Shell picket

Nottingham AA Group supporters picketed a local Shell garage as part of the AAM’s ‘Boycott Shell’ campaign, launched on 1 March 1987. The boycott was part of an international campaign, co-ordinated with groups in the Netherlands and the USA. Shell was joint owner of one of South Africa’s biggest oil refineries. It was a lead company in South Africa’s coalmining and petrochemicals industries. 

lgs24. Haringey AA Bulletin

Haringey AA Group published a regular newsletter for members and supporters in the London Borough of Haringey, north London. This issue carried news from Southern Africa and information about local and national anti-apartheid events.

lgs22. Birmingham AA Group labour movement conference

Leaflet publicising a conference for trade unionists and Labour Party members organised by Birmingham AA Group in 1987.

lgs62. Reading AA Campaign letter

Letter from Reading Anti-Apartheid Campaign to local trade union branches advertising a meeting calling for the release of South African political prisoners.

lgs63. Reading AA Campaign Newsletter

Newsletter of Reading Anti-Apartheid Campaign. Issue 7, dated September 1987, focused on the South African National Mineworkers strike and called for an international boycott of South African coal. It also highlighted a strike by Namibian copper miners.

lgs64. Reading AA Campaign leaflet

Reading Anti-Apartheid Campaign leaflet asking local people to take action in support of the campaigns for the reprieve of the Sharpeville Six, sentenced to death in South Africa, and the release of trade unionist Moses Mayekiso, one of five people charged with sedition. The leaflet also advertised the Shell boycott and the AAM’s national ‘Sanctions Now!’ demonstration on 24 October 1987.

lgs28. Bristol Festival against Apartheid, 1987

In the late 1980s Bristol AA Group held an annual Festival against Apartheid. The 1987 Festival featured filmshows, music from Southern Africa and the BTR strikers play ‘The Long March’.