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One of the early challenges for TransAfrica was how best to support the people of South Africa to end the inhumane system of apartheid. TransAfrica exposed secret strategy meetings between the apartheid South Africa regime and the United States’ Reagan administrations, was a founding member of The Free South Africa Movement (FSAM), and conducted daily demonstrations and civil disobedience outside the Embassy of South Africa.
Thirty years before WikiLeaks, TransAfrica boldly brought behind the scenes politics into the light so that all Americans could know the truth about policies made in their names. TransAfrica released all the State Department memos in a special edition of TransAfrica News Report, August 1981. The memos exposed that in the face of all the abuses committed against black South Africans, the U.S. administration supported the apartheid regime.
TransAfrica continues to work with civil society organizations through South Africa working for economic, social and political justice and equity under the law. TransAfrica acted as a primary supporter in the U.S. around the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC),
His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in the United States
To attend a memorial service to mourn the victims of violence of the
recent incidents in Marikana, North West Province, South Africa
and to promote a violence-free society
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
RSVP by 5pm, Wednesday 22 August to Aida Celestino at (202) 745 6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 10, 2012 the South African Embassy will honor TransAfrica’s solidarity with the people of South Africa as they struggled successfully against apartheid. The Mandela Freedom Statuette for exceptional contribution to the struggle for the attainment for non-racial, free and democratic South Africa will be presented to TransAfrica at a ceremony celebratingSouth Africa’s Freedom Day.
“TransAfrica is extremely honored and humbled to be accorded this recognition. At the inception of TransAfrica, the organization earnestly strived to work in solidarity with South and southern Africans confronting apartheid’s tentacles in the [southern Africa] region. We accept this recognition acknowledging all those who preceded us and on whose shoulders we stand on; activists today; and those in the future seeking a better world,” said Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica.
As we commemorate Freedom Day 2012—eighteen years after the first non-racial, democratic elections and inauguration of Nelson Mandela in South Africa—we are reminded that positive change is possible but only with a strong persistent movement. This Freedom Day commemoration presents an opportunity to pose and recommit to the legacy and values of Nelson Mandela and others who stood for “another world is possible” in our future struggles.
A LUTA CONTINUA!
TransAfrica is the leading U.S. advocacy organization for Africa and the African Diaspora in U.S. foreign policy. TransAfrica helped lead the world protest against apartheid in South Africa and today works for human and economic justice for African people on the continent of Africa, in Latin America and in the Caribbean. Contact us: TransAfrica, 1718 M Street, NW, Suite 370, Washington, D.C., 20036, 202-223-1960,www.transafrica.org.