The following is an article by columnist Jack Newfield wrote on my work shortly after Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the United States. Mandela had been released from prison in February 1990 and urged that sanctions be retained. It was not until September 1993 that Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) called for the lifting of sanctions.
U.S. Brigade Aids Mandela's Fight
By Jack Newfield
Daily News, Monday, July 2, 1990
When Nelson Mandela
Politicians known for their poise and perspective embarrassed themselves trying to grab 30 seconds of glory reflected from Mandela's sun.
But there was one
group of people that Mandela asked to see - about 100 veteran organizers in
They were the people who kept the pressure on all the years he was in prison.
One of the activists
invited to meet Mandela at
Knight (who is white)
has been to
Last week I visited Knight in his tiny cubicle at 198 Broadway. His desk was invisible under a mountain of annual reports, proxy statements, SEC disclosure forms, financial newsletters and South African newspapers. They all contain facts, which are bullets for Richard Knight.
Nelson Mandela has entered a realm of amazing grace and glitter that is hard to comprehend. But it is the research and lobbying of Knight - and many like him - that is going to write the next chapter in the epic history of apartheid's annulment.
Knight is now
organizing for the retention of economic sanctions against
Sanctions are Nelson
Mandela's biggest chip in the end-game negotiations in
President F.W. de Klerk wants some kind of weighted voting, while Mandela
There is little doubt
that sanctions and corporate divestment have been an
divestment did cause black unemployment to rise in
One are Knight wants
to focus on now is the fact that the
Knight also intends to increase the pressure on Sen. Alfonse D'Amato: “This guy used his influence in the Senate to block increased sanctions,” he says. “We've had protests outside his office. He doesn't even make pabulum speeches like other Republicans. I would urge News readers to write him, asking him to change his position on sanctions.”
On the corporate front, Knight is targeting IBM. He says:
company in the world has officially denied they do business in
Nelson Mandela is too cosmic a figure to be confined to one week on the Hype Machine between Marla Maples and the Zodiac killer.
The meaning of his life, and the redemption of his suffering, will be determined by thousands of Richard Knights all over the world.
This posting is on RichardKnight.com