Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What was the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice (WEFPJ)?

 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 and Pershing II nuclear 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 nuclear weapons bound for Europe. Additionally, the Depot housed radioactive material for the Manhattan Project.

    In the summer of 1983, 12,000 women from around the world came to the encampment to participate in nonviolence training, direct action, and civil disobedience at the Seneca Army Depot resulting in 950 arrests. Actions continued throughout the 1980s with an ongoing peace presence until 2006.

"Zapping:" Military uses electromagnetic weapons against peaceful protestors

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oral Herstories by Alphabetical Order

*Click name for link to interview

A
Alessandra Nichols
Alice O'Malley
Andrea Doremus
Andy Mager
Amy BatTzipora
Arlene Ahl
Arora Crone

B
Barbara Gerber
Barbara Reale
Becky Griffiths
Becky Logan
Beth Howe Miller
Billijo Wolf
Bird aka Johna Cochran
Bobbie Falls
Brenda Miller
Bryna Fireside

C
Carman Sivill Bradshaw
Carol Baum
Carolyn Mow
Carrie Stearns
Cat Tague
Catherine Allport aka Garden
Cathy Sherwood
Charlotte Koons
Chris Huston
Cindy Sangree
Claire Beach

Claire aka Chic Parker
Clare Grady
Claudia Gebhardt
Cristina Biaggi

D
Deborah Zubow
Diana Cramer
Dorene Cornwell
Dorothy Emerson

E
Ellie Rosenberg
Elliott BatTzedek
Estelle Coleman
Evelyn Bailey

G

Garden aka Catherine Allport

Glynis Lomon 
Grace Ross

H
Helen Friedman aka Freedwomon
Helene Aylon
Hershe Michele Kramer

J

J'amie aka Jeanne Michele Charbonnet
Jane Begley
Janette Sperber
Jasmine Laine Kramer
Jennifer Miller
Jody Bear aka Laine
Judi Kelemen 
Judy Besemer
Julie Hammer

K
Karen Beetle
Karen Edelstein 
Karen Kerney
Karen Mihalyi
Kathleen Rumph
Kim Blacklock aka Samoa

L

Lars Friend
Laura Boswell Thornton
Laura Briggs
Laura Flanders 
Leeann Irwin
Linci Comy
Linda DeStefano
Linda Field
Louise Cummings
Louise Krasniewicz
Lucille Povero
Lynn Varricchio

M

Maria Herlihy
Marilyn Ries 
Marilyn Rivchin
Martha Mollison
Mary Loehr
Mary Ann Zeppetello
Michelle Crone
Michelle Murray
Mima Cataldo 
Miriasiem Barnes
Myke Johnson

N
Nancy Clover 
Nancy Osborne

O
Otter aka Karen Escovitz

P
Pam Flanigan
Penny Batelli
Phenix Hearn

Q
Quinn Dilkes

R 
Rachel Flanigan
Renee Noelle Felice
robin earth
Rosalie Regal
Ruby Hohawk
Ruth Putter

S
Sally Roesch Wagner
Samoa aka Kim Blacklock
Sarra Lev
Shad Reinstein
Sita Lang
Sorrell Hays 
Susan Shachter
Susie Kossack
Suzanne Sowinska

T
Terri Fredlund
Terri Shay
Tracy Sabo
Twilight aka Laurie Jetter

W 
Walda Metcalf
Walter Putter
Woody Blue



Oral Herstories by Category

*Click name for link to interview

ORGANIZERS/STAFF - 1983
Carrie Stearns
Karen Beetle
Carolyn Mow
Michelle Crone
Shad Reinstein
Miriasiem Barnes
Garden aka Catherine Allport
Samoa aka Kim Blacklock
Evelyn Bailey
Twilight aka Laurie Jetter 
Suzanne Sowinska
Barbara Reale
Jody Bear

ORGANIZERS/STAFF 1984
Pam Flannigan
Cindy aka Lucinda Sangree
Chic aka Claire Parker
Andrea Doremus
Laura Boswell Thornton
Leeann Irwin
Estelle Coleman
Dorothy Emerson
Woody Blue
Brenda Miller
robin earth
Lincy Comy

ORGANIZERS/STAFF 1985-1993
Laura Boswell Thornton
Myke Johnson
Laura Briggs
Sarra Lev

WOMEN WHO VISITED OR LIVED AT GREENHAM COMMON 
& OTHER PEACE CAMPS
Becky Griffiths
Laura Flanders
Cristina Biaggi
Catherine Allport
Helen Friedman
Linda Field 
Alessandra Nichols

LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
Brenda Miller
Samoa aka Kim Blacklock
Lucille Povero
Tracy Sabo
Carman Sivill Bradshaw

BOSTON WOMEN'S VIDEO COLLECTIVE
Claire Beach
Judi Kelemen
Glynis Lomon
Nancy Clover
Martha Mollison

FILMMAKERS 
Marilyn Rivchin
Sorrell Hayes & Marilyn Ries

CHILDREN
Jasmine Kramer
Lars Friend
Rachel Flanigan

MALE ALLIES
Andy Mager
Walter Putter

MILITARY PERSPECTIVE
Bird aka Johna Cochran 
Louise Cummings

WATERLOO 54 - July 1983
Quinn Dilkes & Rosalie Regal

WOMEN OF COLOR
Miriasiem Barnes
Phenix

WOMEN'S PEACE LAND 1994-2004
Grace Ross
Elliot BatTzedek
Otter - Karen Escovitz

ZAPPING COMMITTEE
Cindy Sangree
Sarra Lev
Woody Blue

Song Title Index A - H

*Click title for link to lyrics

A
Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
Ain't Gonna Study War No More aka Ain't Gonna Make No War No More
Ain't Life a Bitch
Ain't Nowhere You Can Run
Ain't Got No Protection
All is Nothing
All One Planet
Altar Dreams
All Our Mothers
American Way
Ancient Mother
Andrea
Animal Spirits

B
Beautiful
Benjamin's Song 
Beth's Song: Ballad of Greenham
Blood on Your Hands
Bread and Roses
Break the Cycle
Brigid Evans
Building Bridges
By the Rivers of Amazon

C
Call to Women
Can We Be Like Drops
Can't Kill the Spirit  
Carry Us Along
Celebrate Women
Child, Child
Circle chant
Circle for Survival
Come, Come, Sisterhood
Come Spinning Down
Comin' out of Exile
Crush Song

D
Dance by the River
Dance, Spirit, Dance
Dainty Daffodils
Dark of Your Hair
Daughters of Amazonz
Deep Down Inside of Me
Deep Peace
Don't Lose Faith
Don't Shut My Sister Out
Don't Turn Your Fire on Me
Down at Greenham aka Layabout Song
Down by Seneca
Down by the River
Drops of Water

E
The Earth is a Woman
The Earth is Our Mother
The Earth, She is Our Mother
The Earth, The Drum... chant
Element chant
Emma Goldman
Estelle's Croning Song aka Peace Camp Ballad
Every Womon Here
Eviction Blues

F
Farewell
Fight Back
Foolish Notion
For Everyone You Take
Four Minutes to Midnight
Freeze or Burn
Fuck Off Sexist Pigs

G
Gentle Angry Woman
Goddess chant
Going Up on the Mountain
Got My Feet on Solid Ground
Grandmother
Gurli

H
Harriet Tubman
Heartburn Baby
Here is My Hand
Hershe Is...
Hineh Ma Tov
Hold Me
Hold Tight
Hopi Earth chant

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Archival footage: June/July 1983

*These videos were transferred to miniDV tape from the Women's Video Collective's original 3/4" tape. The content has not been edited. As with all Women’s Video Collective (WVC) footage from the summers of 1983 and 1984, video and sound quality vary greatly due to the age of the material, the quality of the original tapes and equipment (used and borrowed), and the setting itself (outdoors in the heat and wind on uneven ground).

6/18 - Tour of the newly acquired land with Michelle Crone

pre 7/4 a - "To fly or not fly the American flag" Encampment meeting
pre 7/4 b - Encampment life
pre 7/4 c - morning work meeting at the Encampment
pre 7/4 d - walkers from Boston arrive at the Encampment
pre 7/4 e - walkers from North Carolina arrive at the Encampment
pre 7/4 f - Helene Aylon's Pillow Cases for Peace

7/4 a - conversations with townspeople
7/4 b - Encampment life, interview with Anna from Comiso, Italian Peace Camp
7/4 c - Opening day speeches
7/4 d - Opening day march from Encampment to Depot main gate
7/4 e - Opening day keening action at Depot main gate
7/4 f - End of Depot main gate action, Encampment dinner

7/16 a - Carolyn Mow facilitates Encampment action meeting
7/16 b - Encampment life
7/16 c - main gate yellow warning line action
7/16 d - Encampment life

7/17 a - Encampment life
7/17 b - Women's Video Collective members at Encampment

7/21 a - Non-violence training, Boston
7/21 b - Non-violence training, Boston

7/30 - march through Waterloo, NY, confrontation at bridge

7/31 a - Encampment life, interview with Amber
7/31 b - Encampment pavilion performance
7/31 c - Encampment pavilion presentations
7/31 d - Encampment Peace Keepers training pt.1
7/31 e - Encampment Peace Keepers training pt.2
7/31 f - Encampment Peace Keepers training pt.3

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Archival footage: August/Sept. 1983

*These videos were transferred to miniDV tape from the Women's Video Collective's original 3/4" tape. The content has not been edited. As with all Women’s Video Collective (WVC) footage from the summers of 1983 and 1984, video and sound quality vary greatly due to the age of the material, the quality of the original tapes and equipment (used and borrowed), and the setting itself (outdoors in the heat and wind on uneven ground).

8/1 a - rally before march to Depot, pt.1
8/1 b - march to Depot, pt.2
8/1 c - march to Depot, pt.3
8/1 d - march to Depot, pt.4
8/1 e - civil disobedience action, pt.1
8/1 f - civil disobedience action, pt.2
8/1 g - civil disobedience action, pt.3
8/1 h - civil disobedience action, pt.4

8/3 a - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.1
8/3 b - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.2
8/3 c - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.3
8/3 d - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.4
8/3 e - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.5
8/3 f - Waterloo 54 trial, pt.6

post 8/3 - Ballad of the Waterloo 54

8/5 a - Encampment workshop, pt.1
8/5 b - Encampment workshop, pt.2
8/5 c - Encampment life, interview with Kady Ax Maker, pt.1
8/5 d - Encampment life, interview
8/5 e - Waterloo 54 interview with Jane Doe

8/6 a - Waterloo 54 interview, Barbara Deming
8/6 b - Waterloo 54 interview, Jane
8/6 c - Encampment life, interview
8/6 d - Encampment life, interview K
8/6 e - Encampment children's workshop
8/6 f - Hiroshima Day circle at Depot main gate, pt.1
8/6 g - Hiroshima Day circle at Depot main gate, pt.2

8/7 a - Encampment interview with Karen, front yard music with Molly Scott
8/7 b - front yard music with Molly Scott, pt.2

8/9 a - Nagasaki Day action, pt.1
8/9 b - Nagasaki Day action, pt.2
8/9 c - Nagasaki Day action, pt.3
8/9 d - Nagasaki Day action, pt.4

8/12 - Encampment interview

8/13 a - Encampment orientation pt.1
8/13 b - Encampment orientation pt.2
8/13 c - Encampment orientation pt.3
8/13 d - Encampment orientation pt.4
8/13 e - Encampment orientation pt.5
8/13 f - Encampment orientation pt.6

8/17 a - Singing at Depot main gate, pt.1
8/17 b - Singing at Depot main gate, pt.2
8/17 c - Singing at Depot main gate, pt.3
8/17 d - Singing at Depot main gate, pt.4

8/19 a - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.1
8/19 b - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.2
8/19 c - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.3
8/19 d - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.4
8/19 e - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.5
8/19 f - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.6
8/19 g - Harriet Tubman celebration pt.7
8/19 h - Harriet Tubman, interview with John

8/20 a - Encampment interview with Queen Mother Moore, pt.1
8/20 b - Encampment interview with Queen Mother Moore, pt.2
8/20 c - Band night at the Encampment

8/21 a - Encampment interview with Sister, pt.2
8/21 b - Encampment interview with Sister, pt.1

8/27 a - MLK March on Washington pt.1
8/27 b - MLK March on Washington pt.2
8/27 c - MLK March on Washington pt.3
8/27 d - MLK March on Washington pt.4
8/27 e - MLK March on Washington pt.5

8/29 a - Encampment life in black & white, pt.1
8/29 b - Encampment life in black & white, pt.2

9/1 a - Encampment cutaway shots, pt.1
9/1 b - Encampment cutaway shots, pt.2.

9/2 a - Rochester, NY trial, pt.1
9/2 b - Rochester, NY trial, pt.2
9/2 c - Rochester, NY trial, pt.3
9/2 d - Rochester, NY trial, pt.4

9/4 a - Encampment interview with Jane
9/4 b - Encampment interview with Lola
9/4 c - Labor Day action at main gate, pt.1
9/4 d - Labor Day action at main gate, pt.2

9/5 a - Encampment closing interviews, pt.1
9/5 b - Encampment action preparation
9/5 c - Encampment closing interviews, pt.3
9/5 d - Encampment interview with Dorothy LaRose
9/5 e - Encampment closing circle in the backyard, pt.1
9/5 f - Encampment closing circle in the backyard, pt.2 & end of Kim Blacklock interview

Monday, June 25, 2018

Archival footage: August 1984

*These videos were transferred to miniDV tape from the Women's Video Collective's original 3/4" tape. The content has not been edited. As with all Women’s Video Collective (WVC) footage from the summers of 1983 and 1984, video and sound quality vary greatly due to the age of the material, the quality of the tapes and equipment (used and borrowed), and the setting itself (outdoors in the heat and wind on uneven ground).

8/25 a - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.1
8/25 b - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.2
8/25 c - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.3
8/25 d - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.4
8/25 e - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.5
8/25 f - Equality Day, Seneca Falls, NY pt.6

8/25 g - Encampment interview with Estelle Coleman
8/25 h - Encampment interview with Dew B. Wilde
8/25 i - Encampment interview with Dew B. Wilde & Pam Ryan
8/25 j - action at Depot main gate
8/25 k - action at Depot main gate
8/25 m - fence rocking at Depot main gate
8/25 n - processing circle at Depot main gate

Song Title Index I - R

*Click title for link to lyrics 

I
I Ain't Gonna Study War No More
I am a Hollow Bamboo
I Take Delight
I Walk in Beauty
If Every Woman in the World
If it Ain't One Thing
If it Wasn't for the Women
I'm a Dyke
I'm Going Through
It Could Have Been Me
It Isn't Nice

J
Julie

K

L
Leaping Out into the Darkness
Liberty Chain
Light is Returning
Listen, Listen, Listen to My Heart Song
Little Fetuses
Lonely Womon
Long Wing Feathers
Look into the Fire
Look to the Women

M 
Make My Body a River
Mama
Mamas and Babies
Maybe it's Because
Media Rant
Merry's P.I. Birthday Song
Metal Vibrations
Missile Envy
Moment's Bliss
Mother Nature
Mountain of Wimmin
Mountain Song
My Little Sister
My Old Mum's a Lesbo

N
Nuetron Ron
Never Turning Back
New Way of Loving
No Promises & No Regrets

O
Of Mice & Men
Old McReagaN
One Submarine, Two Submarine...
Out of the Darkness
Owl's Eyes

P
Patriarchal Poison
PCC to the Rev
Peace Camp
Peace Camp Ballad
Peace Camp Lullabye aka Estelle's Croning Song
A Plea for One World
Priorities
Process
Progress

Q


R
Rainbow Dragon
Rainbow Race
Rainbow Woman
Real World
Renew the Earth
Respect Yourself
Revolution Talk
Rip it Off
Rise Up
Rise with the Fires
River Flow
River of Birds
The Rivers are Flowing
Rivers Flow
Rock My Soul

Rock Will Wear Away

Song Title Index S - Z

*Click title for link to lyrics

S
Sappy Andrea Birthday Ditty
Scheming
Seneca Moon
Seneca Rebel Wimmin
Seneca Trauma Rauma 
Sensitize Yourself
Serves Me Right
Shake Me Loose
Shameless Hussies
She Cuts the Cane
She is an Old Woman
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
She's Been Waiting
Simple Gifts
Sister I
Sister Kate
Sister Pedestal
Sister Round
Sister Suss
Sisters, Spring
Sisters, We're Calling
Smash the System
Soul Survivor
Spilt Milk
Spirit of Life 
Stand Up
Stayin' Alive
Step by Step
Still Ain't Satisfied
Strength is Flowing
Strong Women
Stronger Than Before
Sunglasses & Moustaches
Sweet Womon's Love
Swift As the Wind

T
Take Me Away
Take the Toys Away From the Boys
Tell Me
There Comes a TIme
They've Got the World in Their Pocket
This Little Light of Mine
Tilbage til Markerne
Trash, Trash
Traveling Woman

U
Under the Full Moonlight
Up & Down
 
V
Verity
Vine and Fig Tree
Voices

W
The Wanderer
War Toys
Warrior Woman
Waterloo Talking Blues
Wave Upon Wave
We All Come from the Goddess
We Are One with the Infinite Sun
We Are Opening
We Are the Flow
We Are the Old Women
We Are the River
We Are the Web 
We Are the Witches
We Can Power Our Own Lives
We Come from the Goddess
We Don't Want Your Bombs
We Love This Earth
We March On
We Shall Not Be Moved
Were She a River
Were You There at Hiroshima?
Were You There at Waterloo?
When Do We Laugh?
When Every Woman
When the Bombs Begin to Fall
Which Side Are You On?
While the Birds Fly
Who are the Witches?
Wild-eyed Woman
Wimmin, You Been On My Mind
Woman Am I
Woman's Voice
The Women Are Going to Rise Up 
Women Come
WEFPJ Blues
The Women in Your Life
World Peace
Wounded Knee

X

Y
Yankee, Go Home!
You Better Listen to the Voices
You Can't Forbid Me to Sing
You Can't Kill the Spirit
You've Got to Be Strong
You've Got to Love Yourself
You've Got to Stand Up

Z