The Anti-Apartheid Movement is best known for its mass demonstrations and national campaigns. But a look at the activities of AA local groups reveals a rich and varied pattern of grassroots activism. MATT GRAHAM shows how the groups reflected their local communities and often took up issues that were special to them.
The call for boycott and disinvestment from South Africa was at the centre of global anti-apartheid campaigns. Now the Conservative Government has introduced a Bill making it illegal for any public body to impose a boycott against another country. DAVID KENVYN shows how the legislation carries forward the Thatcher government’s hostility to campaigns for justice in the wider world.
What was it like working for a broke, chaotic, but fiercely committed voluntary organisation in the mid-1980s? Simon Sapper was the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s trade union officer from 1984 to 1986. In Parts 1 and 2 of his blog he remembers how he first became aware of apartheid and how he joined the staff of the AAM.