Speak Truth to Power 1955

A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence

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The most important previous AFSC publication on the Cold War, the 1951 Steps to Peace: A Quaker View of U.S. Foreign Policy (STP), had concentrated only on intergovernmental relations. Robert Pickus, then Chicago AFSC Peace Secretary, had severely criticized STP and the national AFSC’s peace education program in a 1954 memo. Pickus asserted that both promoted only limited reforms of the international system. His call for a new pacifist pamphlet had resulted in a new document that shunned any such limitations. In 1955, the AFSC published the 70-page pamphlet Speak Truth to Power: A Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence (STTP). Stephen Cary, the chair of the AFSC American Section and a CPS veteran, wrote the body of the text. Norman Whitney wrote the conclusion. A thirteen-person committee, which included such leading pacifists as Robert Gilmore, Milton Mayer, A. J. Muste, Clarence Pickett, and Robert Pickus incorporated numerous comments in the final draft.  http://www.quaker.org/renewal.html

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