Tuesday, February 09, 2016
The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice (WEFPJ) was an all-women’s community of protest and challenge to violence and militarism housed on 52 acres bordering the Seneca Army Depot in upstate New York.
Commonly known as the Seneca Women’s Peace Camp or Seneca, WEFPJ was modeled after the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in England (1981-2000) where thousands of British sisters were engaged in nonviolent protest in the face of the scheduled deployment of U.S. Cruise missiles.
Though the United States military steadfastly refused at the time to either confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons at the Seneca Depot, it has since been revealed that the base was a storage site and departure point for both the Cruise and Pershing II weapons bound for Europe. Additionally, the Depot housed radioactive material for the Manhattan Project.
In the summer of 1983, twelve thousand women from around the world participated in nonviolence trainings, direct actions and civil disobedience at Seneca resulting in 950 arrests. Actions continued throughout the 1980s with an ongoing peace presence until 2006.