An Interview with Lesley McIntyre. Your Greenham: Interviews | UK news. The Danish Peace Academy : Greenham Common Women's Peace Camps Songbooks. Working paper 2 Now including the rare Sigrid Møller Greenham Common 1982 slides. Introduction by Holger Terp. All files are now at University of Bristol Library Special Collections, Feminist Archive Archive Boxes. DM2123/FA/Arch/24 Greenham Common Peace movement, Peace Collection Books, photographs, Holger Terp Collection, songs from Greenham. Download introduction and songbook as PDF file, 9 MB. In the young Donovan's version of "Universal soldier" from 1965, there is one sentence I had difficulties to understand, the line: "But without him, how would Hitler have condemned him at Labau? " And an interest of the US history made me go back to the times and work of Anthony Bennezeth; the gentle Quaker teacher who invented the social movements including the peace movements, before the establishing of the peace movement as recorded in the standard text books on the history of the peace movement.
These songbooks proved indeed difficult to find. [Hansen, Elisabeth: Kvinder vil omringe base. ... History | Hackney Flashers. The Hackney Flashers collective was set up in 1974 and created influential agitprop material in the 1970s and 1980s. The women in the group, described themselves as broadly socialist-feminist and most of them engaged in the creative media as photographers, cartoonists and writers. The Flashers productions were always published as the work of a collective. Individuals were not named; specific images or writing were never credited. This was a conscious, political decision and has led to some misunderstandings about who the members of the Hackney Flashers were, who collaborated on which projects and where the copyright for their work lies.
(It lies with the collective.) Although the collective made various experimental works, including montages, their three key projects were: Women and Work (1975). History of the Collective Soon a designer and a cartoonist, a writer and an editor also joined the group. Two men took part in early discussions before the collective was formed. Like this: Hackney Flashers make a comeback with childcare exhibition. Panel from Who’s Holding the Baby? Copyright: Hackney Flashers A Hackney photography collective’s exhibition about childcare provision is on display at the Hayward Gallery, 36 years after it was first shown there. Who’s Holding the Baby? , by the Hackney Flashers, highlights the lack of affordable childcare and the impact it had on women’s lives in the 1970s.
Now artist Hannah Starkey has reprised the exhibition for History is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, which opened at the Hayward Gallery last month. The project combines photography, appropriated imagery, cartoons, text and statistics in laminated panels, using them to illustrate the problem many women in the 1970s faced of needing to work but not being able to afford or find adequate childcare. According to Michael Ann Mullen, a photographer in the group, Who’s Holding the Baby? A women-only collective, the Flashers didn’t see themselves as making art.
The collective only agreed to show Who’s Holding the Baby? / 12 March, 2015. Cynthia Cockburn. I’m a feminist researcher and writer working at the intersection of gender studies and peace/conflict studies. I like to use photography in connection with research and activism. In academic terms, I’m a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at City University London and an honorary professor in the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick.
Politically, I’m involved in the international feminist antimilitarist networks Women in Black against War and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Since 1995 I’ve been working closely with women peace activists in conflictual countries, doing qualitative action-research. Prior to 1995 my research involved local governance; then feminist gender studies of the labour process, the sexual division of labour, and change in the workplace; men, masculinity and skill; transformative change in trade unions and employing organizations; and the gender relations of technology. Return to sender. So this was actually the entrance to the base and a load of traffic used the gates so there was always American vehicles going in and out, and look at it now and what you’re seeing. I love the way they’ve done this, they’ve made chalk pits that they’ve filled with water for the wild fowl and the birds. And around here’s where you sometimes see the Exmoor ponies.
Now I think I can just see a couple of cows, and people walking their dogs. And I mean who in the early ‘80s would have imagined that Greenham Common could look like that and look like this. This was our dream, that we’d get rid of the nuclear weapons, we’d get rid of the military and we’d restore this to common land. So these silos are the core of the nuclear base and they were built in 1981-82 to house the new generation of cruise missiles, Russian missile defences and Russia had its own missiles as well the SS20s. You know, what we had done was no breach of the peace. Carry Greenham Home. Sally Alexander discusses the night cleaners campaign. English Sally Alexander talks about how she got involved with the Night Cleaners Campaign in the early 1970s. She mentions May Hobbs, the vibrant cleaner and activist who became the face of the campaign; May tells her own version of events in Born to Struggle (London: Quartet Books, 1973).
You can find out more about The Night Cleaners Campaign in Equality and Work. Working-class movements The demands of the WLM were made in the name of all women, not just the activists involved. Sheila Rowbotham wrote, ‘The mobilization of working-class women has been neglected in the histories of the sixties and of the women’s movement’. Why do you think this might be the case? Do you think that class divides are strong between women, as well as between men, in today’s society? Nightcleaners part 1.
Well, prepare the children for school, take them to school. School is a bit far from home. School and back, get my tidying up done, washing up, and shopping and preparing for what’s to be made for dinner and about three o’clock I’m getting ready to go back to school to collect the children again. And after coming home getting dinner, feeding them, get them ready for bed and then I’m just about ready to get ready myself to come back to work. When do you get some sleep? Well, not very much sleep. So on average? If the baby goes to sleep, then I go to bed with them. Well, mostly I get about from half-past ten till twelve and that’s my sleep for the night.
They say the Women’s Liberation is made up of middle class and professional women. Campaigns and protests of the Women's Liberation Movement. From legal and illegal action, to quiet subversion and huge spectacle, feminists of the Women’s Liberation Movement employed various methods in order to make their point and demand social and legislative change. Find out more about at some of the WLM's central campaigns.
Jane Hutt talks about learning organisational skills through working for women's aid From protest marches to strikes, smashing windows of pornography shops, flour-bombing beauty pageants, letter-writing campaigns and ‘die-ins’ in Downing Street, campaigns about issues central to women’s lives have taken many forms. From legal and illegal action, to quiet subversion and huge spectacle, women have employed various methods in order to make their point and demand social and legislative change. This section looks at some of the WLM's central campaigns. Rebecca Johnson on the 'Embrace the Base' protest at Greenham Common Campaigns around reproductive rights and abortion rights Campaigns against violence against women.
History of Feminism Network | Celebrating, exploring and debating the history of feminism. Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the Women's Liberation Movement. Memories of a Protest. On an unusually balmy autumn day in 2013, a small group of women gathered outside the nuclear base at Aldermaston and began to sing. All of them had wide smiles and the words came easily. She goes on and on and on, You can’t kill the Spirit She is like a mountain Old and strong She goes on and on and on You can’t kill the spirit The song was in memory of Jean Kaye. Thirty years before this little memorial, a much larger group of women gathered outside a US nuclear airbase in the British countryside. The peace women maintained a constant presence at Greenham Common, a patch of grassland in Berkshire, for nineteen years in total. For the women involved, the Greenham Common peace camp was transformative, akin to the feminist liberation movement of the 1970s.
The camp attracted astonishing numbers from every walk of life; for some, here was a corner of England, just for women. Women went to Greenham to protest against nuclear weapons and left liberated. Part 1 Embrace the Base ‘It was shocking. Fredsakademiet: Freds- og sikkerhedspolitisk Leksikon G 83 : Greenham Common Peace Camp. Andersen, Inger Bjørn: Fuldmånefest. I: Information, 07/13/1983.Andersen, Inger Bjørn: Oprustningen skal brydes. I: Aktuelt, 07/02/1983.AP: Greenham Common kvinderne trodser dommers forbud.I: Information, 03/11/1983?. AP: Skud imod fredslejr ved Greenham Common. I: Information, 09/09/1983.Bach, Henrik: Fredskvinder får ny frist. I: Politiken, 09/14/1984.Bach, Henrik: Fredskvinder risikerer at blive skudt.
I: Politiken, 11/02/1983.Bach, Henrik: Raketterne kommer. I: Politiken, 11/03/1983.Bach, Henrik: Russerne bad politiet om at fjerne fredskvinder.I: Politiken, 02/?? .The Greenham Factor. - London : Greenham Print Shop, 1983. - 12 s.Hammerich, Else: Kvindernes fest. Women form peace camp to protest housing of cruise missiles at Greenham Common, 1981-1993. Greenham Commons outside Newbury, England was purchased in 1939 by the Newbury District Council for the public use of Newbury inhabitants, including the collection of firewood.
In 1941 this area was requisitioned by the Air Ministry for an airfield, which was later decommissioned. Despite the decommissioning of the airfield, public ownership of the land was not fully restored. Then in 1979 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization ) bought the land from the British government for the building of a military base that would house 96 Tomahawk Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCMs). This action by NATO was part of a larger Cold War strategy by the U.S. to deploy small mobile nuclear missiles at air force bases throughout Europe in the event of hostile action by the Soviet Union. In response to the announcement of the housing of nuclear missiles there, four British women chained themselves to the fence of the Greenham Common airfield on September 5th, 1981.
Your Greenham: Glossary | UK news. The Women Who Took On The British Government's Nuclear Programme. In 1981 a group of women, angered by the decision to site cruise missiles (guided nuclear missiles) in the UK, organised a protest march from Cardiff, Wales to Greenham Common Air Base near Newbury in Berkshire. Here they set up what became known as the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. Between 1981 and 1983 the protesters attempted to disrupt construction work at the base. Their methods included blockading the base and cutting down parts of the fence. In December 1982 more than 30,000 women gathered at Greenham to join hands around the base at the 'Embrace the Base' event.
Despite the efforts of the protesters, in November 1983 the first cruise missiles arrived at Greenham. In 1987 US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which paved the way for the removal of cruise missiles from Greenham. Today Greenham no longer belongs to the military. Greenham Common. Writing the web: Letters from the women's peace movement To the many who remember the women's peace camp, begun in 1981 at Greenham Common Royal Airforce Base, Berkshire, to protest the siting of short-range nuclear missiles in Britain, an article about its letters may seem perverse. Greenham, as it became known, was extraordinary for its innovative direct action as a set of ramshackle encampments with none of the usual campaign infrastructure.
It was fascinating for its open-air, women-only community, crossing social boundaries and political constituencies. And it amazed onlookers in its very persistence, notwithstanding the predictable internal splits of later years. The camp endured after the arrival of cruise missiles in 1983, in the face of increasing hostility of locals in nearby Newbury and continued, albeit as a tiny settlement, even after the removal of missiles with Cold War détente in 1990. You must realise that we are not making a light proposal. Text of letter. Common-sense: Greenham Actions 1982 | Social Concern Support, Information & DVDs | Concord Media. The legend of Greenham Common women's peace camp. I never went to Greenham Common peace camp. I was a child during the main years - between 1981 and 1987. I don’t remember seeing any news coverage of the camp, especially compared to my vivid memories of reports on the miners’ strike. But the legend of Greenham – an alternative world created by and for women activists – was something I absorbed during my feminist becoming.
Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson’s documentary Carry Greenham Home (1983) was my first encounter with the rich, diffuse archive of Greenham stories. From the first arrivals, Welsh anti-nuclear feminist group Women for Life on Earth, in 1981, to the 30,000 women who formed a human chain in 1983 from the American nuclear base at Greenham to Aldermaston, the Greenham Common Peace Camp is a shining example of non-violent feminist action, changing both lives and laws. I felt a clear yearning for a utopian moment (in the sense of hopeful, rather than perfect) that took place before I could be involved in it. Search Our Collections for "greenham common" IWM’s collections cover all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former empire countries. They were intended to record the 'toil and sacrifice' of every individual affected by war.
Our collections stretch from the everyday to the exceptional. They contain some of the most important technical, social, economic, political, personal and cultural artefacts relating to Britain and its role in twentieth-century conflict. The scale, depth, breadth and range of media – art, film photographs, sound, new media, writings and objects – contain the reactions, memories and stories of the whole of society.
Alongside the material that has been commissioned or created for official or military purposes are the personal responses to eye-witnessed events and the tokens that ordinary people have given to IWM so that their experience of war, or that of their family, can be passed on to future generations. Interference Archive | Documents from the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. CALL OUT: take action this weekend with Sisters Uncut. The legend of Greenham Common women's peace camp. Common-sense: Greenham Actions 1982 | Social Concern Support, Information & DVDs | Concord Media.
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