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Courage and conscience

Roberto Martinez, a trailblazer in calling for human rights in U.S.-Mexico border communities.  Photo: Diane Shandor / AFSC

It takes tremendous courage to stand up for peace, justice, and equality. Throughout AFSC’s history, countless individuals have taken risks—sometimes facing public censure, prison time, or even personal harm—to overcome injustice through nonviolent action.

Here are just some of the people who have shaped—and continue to influence—AFSC’s legacy.

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Rufus Jones

Laying the foundation for the Service Committee

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Bayard Rustin

Struggling for civil and human rights for all people

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Graciela Martinez

A lifetime of support for farmworker rights and dignity

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Marjorie Nelson

Showing compassion and humanity in war

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Bill Sutherland

Building support for the African countries struggling for independence

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Alice Resch Synnestvedt & Mary Elmes

Rescuing countless children during World War II

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Roberto Martinez

Pioneering human rights advocacy in U.S.-Mexico border communities

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Barbara Moffett

Supporting struggles for justice

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Gordon Hirabayashi

Challenging the internment of Japanese-Americans

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Mahed Monem

Putting an end to Palestinian fragmentation and division

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Clarence Pickett

Creating a vital force for peace and justice

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Ardo Hersi

Organizing against institutional racism and youth incarceration

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