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tsh21. Independence Day 21 March 1990

T-shirt produced to celebrate the independence of Namibia

 
tsh22. Anti-Apartheid Movement for Democracy in South Africa
 
tsh23. Freedom Run ’91
 
tsh24. Boycott Apartheid 89

T-shirt produced for the AAM’s Boycott Apartheid 89 campaign.

 
tsh25. Troops out of the Townships

Troops in armoured personnel carriers terrorised young people living in South Africa’s black townships in the mid-1980s. This T-shirt was produced by Artists Against Apartheid, set up by Jerry Dammers and Dali Tambo in 1986.

 
tsh26. Artists Against Apartheid

Artists Against Apartheid was set up by Jerry Dammers and Dali Tambo in 1986. It attracted support from bands and performers and helped organise anti-apartheid concerts all over Britain. In June 1986 it coordinated a concert attended by 250,000 on Clapham Common as part of the AAM’s March and Festival for Freedom. 

 
tsh27. Don’t Invest in Apartheid
 
tsh28. Don’t Buy Apartheid
 
tsh29. Kids Against Apartheid
 
tsh30. Release Nelson Mandela

T-shirt first produced by Barnet Anti-Apartheid Group in 1982 for the campaign to free Nelson Mandela. The group pioneered the production of T-shirts publicising AAM campaigns. From the late 1970s it produced T-shirts and sweatshirts in a range of colours featuring the AAM logo. 

 
tsh31. Viva Mozambique!
 
tsh32. Free the Children of Southern Africa

T-shirt produced for the campaign to highlight the detention of children in South Africa organised by Southern Africa the Imprisoned Society (SATIS). The campaign arose from a conference held in Harare in 1987 at which children from South Africa testified about their torture in detention. It was carried forward at a meeting held on 23 April 1988 at City University, London by the Harare Working Group.

 
tsh35. ‘Now is the time to build the new South Africa’

After the date had been agreed for South Africa’s first one person one vote election on 27 April 1994 the AAM looked forward to the future. It asked its supporters to help build a new South Africa free from racial division and gross inequality. This T-shirt featured the new South African flag.

 
tsh38. ‘Mandela Released! Free South Africa Now!’

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison on 11 February 1990 was celebrated by opponents of apartheid all over the world. But it was only a first step towards ending apartheid. This T-shirt was part of the attempt to ensure that anti-apartheid campaigners kept up their pressure on the South African government. The image of Mandela was an artist’s impression based on photographs taken before he was imprisoned in 1962.

 
tsh39. ‘Victory to SWAPO’

T-shirt calling for support for the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), featuring a woman guerrilla fighter with a baby on her back.

 
tsh40. Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement

Wales AAM was set up in 1981 to co-ordinate anti-apartheid campaigns by local anti-apartheid groups, trade unions and churches in Wales. All its campaign materials were bilingual, in Welsh and English.

 
tsh41. ‘Support SWAPO to liberate Namibia’

T-shirt calling for support for the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO).

 
tsh42. ‘Support South African Women’

T-shirt produced by the ANC Women’s Section. ANC women members in exile in Britain worked closely with the AAM Women’s Committee. Activities included highlighting the situation of women political prisoners and collecting goods for women in ANC camps and the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania.

 
tsh43. ‘March for Freedom in South Africa and Namibia’
 
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.

 
 
 
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