1955: Published “Speak Truth to Power” in midst of McCarthy era

Amid a culture of fear that enabled the destruction of many people’s credibility, AFSC was no exception—at least one witness named AFSC as a “communist front” organization, and many contacted the FBI about its “subversive” activities. Still, AFSC supported rights of conscience and freedom of movement across international borders. And in 1955, AFSC published “Speak Truth to Power,” issuing a powerful challenge to the notion that lasting security would only be achieved through military might.

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Taken on December 2, 2010