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po096. Don’t Buy Tesco’s Apartheid Goods

Poster produced for the campaign to pressure British supermarket Tesco’s to stop selling South African goods. The poster uses Tesco’s distinctive brand image. The chain was subjected to regular ‘days of action’, when campaigners handed out leaflets outside its stores asking shoppers to boycott South African products.

 
po097. Sanctions Now! Demonstrate!

Poster advertising the AAM demonstration calling for UN mandatory sanctions on 24 October 1987. Thousands marched through central London to an AAM rally in Hyde Park. The speakers at the rally included SWAPO President Sam Nujoma, Johnstone Makatini of the ANC, Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, Labour MP Bernie Grant and Glenys Kinnock.

 
po124. Stop Apartheid Repression

This poster was one of a set of four published in January 1990 for the launch of the AAM’s ‘South Africa Freedom Now!’ campaign. The decision to launch the campaign was taken against the background of changes in South Africa and the build-up to the release of Nelson Mandela. The poster highlighted the need for an end to all repression in South Africa before meaningful negotiations could take place.

 
po098. Stop Repression of Trade Unionists in South Africa and Namibia

Repression of trade unionists intensified from the end of 1987, with four union activists held on death row. On 1 February 1988 the AAM and SATIS launched the Joint Campaign against the Repression of Trade Unionists at a demonstration outside South Africa House that coincided with the reopening of the trial of NUMSA General Secretary Moses Mayekiso. In the following months most British trade unions launched their own actions, including the National Union of Mineworkers’ petition for the release of three South African mineworkers sentenced to hang. The petition was signed by over 30,000 people in Britain’s coalfield communities.

 
po170. ‘Free All Apartheid’s Detainees’ petition poster

Poster publicising a petition calling for the release of South African detainees launched in 1987. Altogether 30,000 South Africans were held in detention under the national State of Emergency imposed in June 1986. The petition was supported by the British Council of Churches and the TUC and was signed by a third of a million people in Britain. It was presented to the South African authorities, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights Day, 10 December 1987.

 
po099. Ban Apartheid Sanctions Now

The AAM mobilised widespread public protests in Britain in response to the banning of the UDF and 16 other anti-apartheid organisations in 1988. It called a press conference in London, addressed by Thabo Mbeki. The AAM’s President Trevor Huddleston and the General Secretary of the TUC, Norman Willis, met the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe. This poster advertised a day of protest on 21 March, when the AAM distributed half a million stickers with the slogan ‘Ban Apartheid: Sanctions Now!’.

 
po157. National Convention for Sanctions, 1987

Poster publicising the National Convention for Sanctions held on 27 June 1987. The convention was attended by delegates from over 250 organisations, including national trade unions, local councils and 61 local anti-apartheid groups. It was held in response to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s determination to oppose all sanctions measures against South Africa and was billed as ‘a people’s Parliament against apartheid’. The emphasis was on local action. 

 
po160. ‘People’s Sanctions: Act Now Against Apartheid’

In 1987 the AAM called for ‘people’s sanctions’ in response to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s determination to oppose all sanctions measures against South Africa. In March 1987 it organised a month of local action when local AA groups targeted British companies with a big stake in the South African economy, like Standard Chartered Bank and RTZ. The highlight of the month was the launch of the Boycott Shell campaign on 1 March. This poster was used by local AA groups to advertise events in their own localities.

 
po165. ‘Free Namibia Now’

Poster advertising meetings with SWAPO President Sam Nujoma in Glasgow and Edinburgh during a tour of Scotland in October 1987.

 
po126. For a United Democratic Non-racial South Africa

This poster was one of a set of four published in January 1990 for the launch of the AAM’s ‘South Africa Freedom Now!’. The decision to launch the campaign was taken against the background of changes in South Africa and the build-up to the release of Nelson Mandela.  The poster flagged up the aim of any negotiations as being the achievement of a united democratic non-racial South Africa.

 
po125. Boycott Apartheid Sanctions Now

This poster was one of a set of four published in January 1990 for the launch of the AAM’s ‘South Africa Freedom Now!’. The decision to launch the campaign was taken against the background of changes in South Africa and the build-up to the release of Nelson Mandela. The poster highlighted the need to maintain sanctions until an agreement had been reached on a transition to democracy.

 
po171. ‘Remember Kassinga’

On 4 May 1978 South African troops massacred over 600 Namibian refugees at Kassinga in southern Angola. Hundreds more were abducted and detained at a South African military base in northern Namibia. This poster commemorated the tenth anniversary of the massacre.

 
po127. Solidarity with the ANC!

This poster was one of a set of four published in January 1990 for the launch of the AAM’s ‘South Africa Freedom Now!’. The decision to launch the campaign was taken against the background of changes in South Africa and the build-up to the release of Nelson Mandela. The poster highlighted the need for an end to all repression in South Africa before meaningful negotiations could take place.

 
po180. Action against Apartheid conference, South London

Poster publicising an anti-apartheid conference organised by a coalition of groups in south London in April 1988. 

 
po149. ‘Release Nelson Mandela’

Poster calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and all South African and Namibian political prisoners.

 
po129. Tell de Klerk: Stop the Violence and Repression

From 1990 negotiations for a new South African constitution were threatened by violence and repression and the media made much of ‘black-on-black’ violence. The AAM recognised that the responsibility for the violence rested ultimately with the apartheid regime and launched a campaign on the theme ‘Tell de Klerk: Stop the Violence and Repression’.

 
po100. Nelson Mandela: 70th Birthday Tribute

Poster advertising the concert held at Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988 as part of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign. The concert was attended by a capacity audience of 92,000 and broadcast to ove 60 countries with a potential audience of a billion people. Oliver Tambo was the guest of honour and Stevie Wonder, Whitney and Sting were among the performers.

 
po101. Nelson Mandela: 70th Birthday Tribute

One of a set of five posters specially commissioned from leading graphic artists for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert held at Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988. The posters were featured on the stage set.

 
po102. Nelson Mandela: 70th Birthday Tribute

One of a set of five posters specially commissioned from leading graphic artists for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert held at Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988. The posters were featured on the stage set.

 
po103. Nelson Mandela: 70th Birthday Tribute

One of a set of five posters specially commissioned from leading graphic artists for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert held at Wembley Stadium on 11 June 1988. The posters were featured on the stage set.

 
 
 
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