SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy

On June 21, 1957, Clarence Pickett of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review and veteran of the world government movement and other liberal causes, called a meeting at the Overseas Press Club in New York. The 27 attendees included representatives from the worlds of business, science, labor, literature, and the church. The group decided to call itself “the National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy” (also written as “SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy”) and focus on securing an international test ban. It quickly became the largest and most prominent peace group in America.48

Overseas Press Club, 40 W. 45th St.


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Clarence Pickett
(Image: Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership,

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Norman Cousins