Saturday, September 04, 2004
Flash-Back Labor Day Weekend continues...
We look now at political posters, those loveliest of lovely homilies to truth. Here are the texts from two of those posters. And who would've thought conservatives would target big oil?
'WANTED/For Supplying $2 Billion-Plus/of Aid and Comfort Annually to/America's Soviet Enemy in/Cuban-Occupied Angola./[picture of George Keller]/GEORGE KELLER/Chairman of the Board/Chevron Corporation [left side of text, Gulf oil logo. Right side of text, Chevron oil logo]/ IF YOU SEE THIS MAN, ASK HIM WHY HE IS SUBSIDIZING/THE KREMLIN'S AFRICAN MILITARY BUILDUP.'
'[Gulf oil symbol, featuring prominently the word "Gulf"]... FUELS/ANGOLAN/SLAVERY/ [picture of gas pump with Gulf oil symbol] / [on the right, a big picture of Jonas Savimbi, on the left, the following quote from Savimbi] "EVERY DOLLARS WORTH OF/GULF GAS YOU PUMP INTO YOUR/CAR MEANS MORE MONEY FOR GULF/TO PUMP INTO A DICTATORSHIP/THAT IS KILLING MY PEOPLE. GULF/OIL HELPS PROP UP THE MARXIST/REGIME IN ANGOLA WHICH IS/SLAUGHTERING MY BROTHERS AND/SISTERS. I FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND/A FREE ANGOLA WHILE GULF FUNDS/OUR SLAVEMASTERS. YOU MUST/HELP US!"/[below picture of Savimbi and the quote] BOYCOTT GULF NOW!/[name and address of sponsoring organization] SAVE THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE COMMITTEE/1338 G STREET S.E. WASHINGTON, DC 20003'(both ads from The New York Times, Thursday January 20, 1986)
These ads were run with a story on the pressure on Chevron and Gulf oil to get out of Angola. A range of organizations with names like "Gulf Out of Angola Project" worked to further the conservative's effort to widen popular and governmental support for Savimbi. We close with two paragraphs from the article:
'R. Con Kirkwood, the 26-year-old organizer of the Gulf Out of Angola Project, said he is unswayed by Chevron's argument that foreign oil companies would replace Gulf were it to withdraw. "Let them have blood on their hands," he said.'
'Added another young activist, Jeffery Pandin: "Unlike some conservatives, we're no friends of big business."'
Ah, the 80's. Such moral clarity...
Andrew 11:53 PM : |
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