1961 December 1

Northern California ACLU Releases “Operation Correction” on HUAC Protests


In response to the tumultuous demonstrations of the House Un-American Activities Committee at hearings in San Francisco that began on May 12, 1960, HUAC produced a short film titled “Operation Abolition.” The film was a highly distorted view of the protests. On this day, the ACLU of Northern California released a rebuttal, “Operation Correction.” Both films are available for viewing (see the links below).

The San Francisco protests, which were organized by Frank Wilkinson, head of the first national committee to abolish HUAC, were the first large-scale public protests against HUAC and its methods. Wilkinson had refused to answer questions about his beliefs and associations on July 30, 1958, was cited for contempt of Congress as a result, and sentenced to prison on May 1, 1961. Frank Wilkinson died on January 2, 2006.

View HUAC film “Operation Abolition”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeiW63M3bcI

See the film, “Operation Correction”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be8fZNZAWN4

Learn more about HUAC: http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/huac

Learn more at the ACLU of Northern Californiahttps://www.aclunc.org/

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