American Committee on Africa, part 2

According to the Africa Archive: "ACOA's scope included anti-colonial struggles throughout the continent including Algeria, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Western Sahara, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. ACOA staff traveled extensively in Africa, attending all the All African People's Conferences, visiting newly independent countries and the Frontline States to meet with African leaders, attend conferences and visit refugee camps."*

In 1972 the Washington Office was reorganized as an independent organization sponsored by five organizations including ACOA and renamed the Washington Office on Africa."

Houser: "I retired as executive director in 1981.

What's happened now is that the American Committee on Africa has joined in a merger with its own creation, the Africa Fund, which was our tax-exempt companion, you might say, and the Africa Policy Information Center, APIC, which grew out of the Washington Office on Africa, which the American Committee on Africa originally set up back in the late '60s, early '70s. The new merged organization is called Africa Action, and it is located not in New York but in Washington."

According to the Africa Activist archive, "ACOA played a key role in campaigns related to South Africa especially for sanctions and the divestment which resulted in churches, universities, states and cities selling their stock holdings in companies that did business in apartheid South Africa. ACOA supported anti-slavery efforts in Sudan."*

It should be noted that Roy Innis as the national director of CORE did not support sanctions against the South African government for its apartheid policy. Former Brooklyn CORE chairman Major Owens who did support such sanctions was branded 'a dangerous leftist' by Innis in a 1986 debate while running for Owens' seat in Congress. Innis also went on record as being against providing material support for the African National Congress who he reffered to as communists. He traveled to South Africa that same year despite that fact that Congress had already enacted wide ranging sanctions against South Africa.

* Committee on Africa


*** U.S. Relations with South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography: Volume One: Books, Documents, Reports, and Monographs, By Y.G.M Lulat, page 390

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