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las13. Local Authority Action Against Apartheid report

Report of the third biennial conference of Local Authority Action Against Apartheid, held in Glasgow in February 1987.

 
las14. Barrow in Furness Declaration on Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the Borough of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria in June 1990. It called on the South African government to lift political restrictions so that negotiations for a new constitution could take place following the release of Nelson Mandela. It was based on a model declaration circulated by Local Authorities Against Apartheid. Altogether 42 councils adopted the declaration.

 
las15. Hackney Declaration on Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the London Borough of Hackney in June 1990. It called on the South African government to lift political restrictions so that negotiations for a new constitution could take place following the release of Nelson Mandela. It was based on a model declaration circulated by Local Authorities Against Apartheid. Altogether 42 councils adopted the declaration.

 
las16. Stoke-on-Trent Declaration on Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the City of Stoke-on-Trent in June 1990. It called on the South African government to lift political restrictions so that negotiations for a new constitution could take place following the release of Nelson Mandela. It was based on a model declaration circulated by Local Authorities Against Apartheid. Altogether 42 councils adopted the declaration.

 
las17. North East Derbyshire Declaration on Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the North East Derbyshire District Council in June 1990. It called on the South African government to lift political restrictions so that negotiations for a new constitution could take place following the release of Nelson Mandela. It was based on a model declaration circulated by Local Authorities Against Apartheid. Altogether 42 councils adopted the declaration.

 
las18. Message from Trevor Huddleston

AAM President Trevor Huddleston asked British local councils to help expose the undemocratic nature of the local government proposals put forward by the Nationalist Party in the negotiations for a new constitution. It also asked them to prepare to help South Africans build a non-racial local government system.

 
las19. Message from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela asked the British local authorities that had campaigned for a free South Africa to build partnerships for a post-apartheid programme of reconstruction and development, when he spoke at Glasgow City Hall in October 1993.

 
lgs12. Leeds Anti-Apartheid Week

Leeds City Council, local trade unions, and Leeds City and University AA Groups came together to organise a week of anti-apartheid events in October 1984. Activities included a vigil for political prisoners, collection of material aid, film shows and fundraising concerts, and an activists conference.

 
lgs14. Exeter apartheid free zone petition

Exeter AA Group collected thousands of signatures to this petition calling on Exeter City Council to to declare itself an apartheid free zone. In 1983 Sheffield City Council was the first local authority in Britain end all links with South Africa.

 
po087. Lambeth Anti-Apartheid Week

Poster publicising a week of anti-apartheid events in Lambeth, south London.

 
po089. Peterborough Against Apartheid Festival

The Peterborough Against Apartheid festival held in May 1987 featured British folk punk group ‘The Men they Couldn’t Hang’ and singer songwriter Rory McCloud, as well as stalls and speakers from the ANC and SWAPO. Over 1,000 people attended the festival, one of the most successful events ever held in the city. 

 
po134. Freedom of Nine Cities

Altogether nine British cities presented Nelson Mandela with the freedom of the city. In October 1993 Mandela visited Glasgow to meet representatives from each of the nine local councils. AAM President Trevor Huddleston presented him with a special scroll commemorating the awards.

 
90s09. Sechaba Festival, Glasgow

As part of Glasgow’s 1990 European City of Culture celebrations, Mandela Club Nights showcased bands from Southern Africa. The Sechaba Festival brought 60 South African poets, musicians, actors and dancers to Glasgow in a two-week programme of events. The Festival included a five-day international conference on cultural resistance to apartheid, and performances, exhibitions and films. The Club and the Festival were organised by Sechaba Festivals Ltd., established by the Scottish AAM Committee and the STUC with support from Glasgow City and Strathclyde Regional Councils and individual trade unions.

 
po158. Freedom Run, 1991

From 1989 the AAM held an annual sponsored Freedom Run and free concert in Brockwell Park, south London. The event raised funds for the AAM and publicised anti-apartheid campaigns. This poster advertised the 1991 event, ‘A Sun-Day Fun-Day. It was sponsored by the London Borough of Lambeth.

 
po167. Lambeth Concert poster

Poster advertising a concert by South African musician and political activist Mbuli Mzwakwe at Lambeth Town Hall, south London on 7 December 1990. Concerts featuring music from Southern Africa played a big part in attracting support in Britain for the Southern African liberation struggle in the 1980s and early 1990s. This concert was one of many such events sponsored by the London Borough of Lambeth.

 
po172. London Against Racism rally

Poster advertising a rally organised by the Greater London Council on 21 March 1984, the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. The main speaker was ANC President Oliver Tambo. In December 1983 the GLC launched an Anti-Apartheid Declaration pledging that it would discourage all links between London and apartheid South Africa.

 
int35t. David Blunkett transcript

David Blunkett is the Labour  MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. As Leader of Sheffield City Council in 1981 he launched a Declaration pledging that the Council would boycott South African goods, withhold use of sporting and recreational facilities from events involving South African participants and encourage positive teaching about Africa in Sheffield schools. In 1983 Sheffield Council hosted the inaugural meeting of Local Authority Action Against Apartheid.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of a project by students at Sheffield Hallam University in 2013.

 
int35a. David Blunkett interview clip

David Blunkett is the Labour  MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. As Leader of Sheffield City Council in 1981 he launched a Declaration pledging that the Council would boycott South African goods, withhold use of sporting and recreational facilities from events involving South African participants and encourage positive teaching about Africa in Sheffield schools. In 1983 Sheffield Council hosted the inaugural meeting of Local Authority Action Against Apartheid.

In this clip David Blunkett describes the link between combating racism in Sheffield and opposing apartheid in South Africa. 

 
 
 
 
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