Thursday, December 18, 2014

HeRSToRy 100 Garden aka Catherine Allport


*The video of Garden's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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Test

Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
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HeRSToRy 034 Dorothy Emerson

    Dorothy arrived at the Peace Camp from Austin, TX a few days before its official opening. She spearheaded a collective media effort to produce a slide show about the Camp and used it in nearby communities to raise funds and awareness. She was hired as a Program Coordinator the next summer and moved to Boston that fall to begin Seminary school. She is now a Unitarian minister.
CLIP 1: The U.S. flag consensus-process miracle
Interview: Dorothy Emerson
Date: February 8, 2008
Location: West Medford, MA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HeRSToRy 019 Brenda Miller

     Brenda lived in nearby Geneva, NY when the idea of Peace Camp in the area took root. She was peripherally involved in the Camp its first summer but became much more active once the media spotlight died down. She lived on the land in 1985 and 1986 working full-time as a farmer in either Geneva or Trumansburg.
CLIP: Every small town needs a Peace Camp
FULL INTERVIEW: 
Interview: Brenda Miller
Date: December 9, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HeRSToRy 021 Sarra Lev

    Sarra visited the Peace Camp as a member of the Great Peace March's Wild Wimmin for Peace band in the summer of 1986. She came to live at the Camp in the early winter of 1987 and over the next several years was an integral member of C.O.R.L., an affinity group researching the military's use of electromagnetic radiation against the Peace Camp.
CLIP 1: Ketchup soup
CLIP 2: Car tire sabotage?
FULL INTERVIEW: 
Interview: Sarra Lev
Date: December 10, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Sharon Gershoni

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Monday, December 15, 2014

HeRSToRy 018 Elliott batTzedek

     Elliott lived at the Peace Camp in the summer of 1989 and returned the next year in part, to gain graduate school credits. She helped organize the gathering that summer on the land to decide the fate of the Peace Camp known as Transform or Die and became a founding member of the Camp's next incarnation called, Women's Peace Land.
CLIP 1: Vast web
CLIP 2: Carpet actions
FULL INTERVIEW: 
Interview: Elliiott batTzedek
Date: December 9, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Otter

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HeRSToRy 024 Billijo Wolf aka Wolfgrrl

    Although living in Rochester and hearing about the Peace Camp in the early 1980s, Billijo first came to the land in 1999. Her presence as an intersex woman challenged the Peace Land collective's woman-born-women policy. 
 CLIP 1: Spirit of the land
CLIP 2: Radical as catalyst
FULL INTERVIEW:
Interview: Billijo Wolf aka Wolfgrrl
Date: August 25, 2007
Location: Mt. Morris, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley, 
Laura Boswell Thornton, Andrea Doremus & Maria Herlihy

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

HeRSToRy 023 Maria Herlihy

     Maria visited the Peace Camp for the first time when it was transitioning to Women's Peace Land. She became a member of the Peace Land collective and was involved until the land was sold for back taxes in 2006.
CLIP: Grieving the land
FULL INTERVIEW:

Interview: Maria Herlihy
Date: August 25, 2007
Location: Mt. Morris, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley,
Laura Boswell Thornton, Billijo Wolf & Andrea Doremus

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

HeRSToRy 031 Linci Comy

   Linci was a consistent presence at the Peace Camp for nearly a decade. She is a Vietnam-era, six-year Navy veteran trained as a combat medic who became an anti-war activist in the late 1970s. She lived on the land for weeks at a time in each summer from 1984 to 1988.
CLIP 1: Police as a Standing Army
 CLIP 2: Zapping

  FULL INTERVIEW:
Interview: Linci Comy
Date: October 14, 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley,  robin earth

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Friday, December 12, 2014

HeRSToRy 032 Janette Sperber

     Janette visited the Peace Camp over several years as an undergraduate at Cornell University in Ithaca. She lived at the Camp the summer of 1985 and visited in 1986 and 1987. She was one of the few women to work an outside job while living on the land.
 CLIP: Living our politics
 
FULL INTERVIEW:
 
Interview: Janette Sperber
Date: October 14, 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley,  robin earth, Helen Freedwomon & Amy batTzipora

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

HeRSToRy 029 Amy batTzipora

CLIP: Dissolving handcuffs

FULL INTERVIEW
Interview: Amy batTzipora
Date: October 13, 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley, 
robin earth & Helen Freedwomon

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HeRSToRy 028 Helen Freedwomon aka Helen Friedman

CLIP: Interconnectedness
FULL INTERVIEW
Interview: Helen Freedwomon
Date: October 13, 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer,  Alice O'Malley, & robin earth

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HeRSToRy 022 Laura Boswell Thornton

CLIP: Freedom to be
FULL INTERVIEW 

Interview: Laura Boswell Thornton
Date: August 25, 2007
Location: Mt. Morris, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley, 
Andrea Doremus, & Billijo Wolf

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Opening Ceremony at Depot Main Gate

Women's Video Collective. All Rights Reserved. Copyright 1983.

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Peace Camp Land pre-Opening Day

Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.

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Interview: Anna from Comiso, Italy

Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.
    Anna was a part of the Women's Peace Camp in Comiso, Italy that got its inspiration from the women at Greenham Common Peace Camp in England as well as those involved in the Women's Pentagon Actions in the U.S.

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Slow Walk to the Seneca Army Depot

Raw footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.
On the Opening Day of the Peace Camp, July 4, 1983, hundreds of women walked from the Peace Camp to the main gate of the Seneca Army Depot. A group of women staged a Slow Walk along the way and others planted a rose bush in the grass at the Depot fence.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

PeHP Women's Peace Land Round Table

Otter, Elliott and Estelle discuss (process) their decade-long involvement with Women's Peace Land in a conversation Dec. 10, 2006 at Elliott and Otter's home in Philadelphia.

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HeRSToRy 020 Otter aka Karen Escovitz

CLIP:



FULL INTERVIEW
Interview: Otter aka Karen Escovitz
Date: December 10, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer,  Elliott batTzedek

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Opening Day - July 4, 1983

Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HeRSToRy 041 Charlotte Koons


Fieldgrass
Charlotte Koons, July 18, 1983

Perhaps this July evening
and each Julytime past
only the generations
of fireflies
whirling in their brief brilliance
can bear true witness
as the women gather
at Seneca.

1590…and the women gather
Tribal matriarchs of the Hotinonsionne
of the Iroquois Confederation
demanding an end to war
among their Nations
voices chanting
ghosting upward from the fieldgrass
at Seneca.

1848…and the women gather
in convention
proclaiming
“that they may no longer publish their
degradation by declaring themselves
satisfied with their present condition,
nor their ignorance by asserting that they
have all the rights they want.”
Their eloquence
explodes upwards from the fieldgrass
at Seneca.

1908…and the women gather
“Resolved, that it is the duty of the women
of this country to secure themselves
their sacred rights to elective franchise.”
Punctuating torches
Pieces of the mother moon
Flare above the fieldgrass
at Seneca.

1983…and the women gather
repudiating the Seneca
which harbors now only
the instruments of death and destruction
stabbing at the sun
shearing off the fieldgrass
at Seneca.

1983…and the women gather
their voices, bodies, wills
their incandescent spirits
spiralling upwards from the fieldgrass
pulsing shards of peace
instants of hope and power
aching to rejoin their mother moon
spiral upward from the fieldgrass
as the fireflies
and the women
gather
at Seneca.






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Monday, November 17, 2014

North Carolina Walkers Arrive - July 1983


 Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.  
*Do you see yourself or someone you know?  Leave a comment or email peacecampherstoryproject@gmail.com. Thanks!

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SoNG 042 Vine and Fig Tree


 Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.  
*Do you see yourself or someone you know?  Leave a comment or email peacecampherstoryproject@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Boston Walkers Arrive

Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

HeRSToRy 016 Susan Shachter


Interview: Susan Shachter
Date: December 7, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Otter, Elliott batTzedek

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HeRSToRy 015 Deborah Zubow aka Z

Interview: Deborah Zubow aka Z
Date: December 7, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Otter, Elliott batTzedek

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SoNG 042 Seneca WEFPJ Blues

Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved. 

Seneca Women’s Encampment 
for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues
 by Ann

I’m walking down that muddy field
I’ve got rain in both my shoes
I’m walking down that muddy field
I’ve got rain in both my shoes

There’s so much we stand to lose
I’ve got the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues

I came late to work yesterday
I might call in sick tomorrow
I’ll hang on the gate of that Seneca fence
Because there’s some rules you just can not follow

There’s so much you stand to lose
I’ve the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues

Ronnie’s got a big gun
He’s got a bullet for a brain
And Yuri’s got a big gun
Communist and capitalist gain

There’s so much we stand to lose
I’ve the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues

Them nuclear burns on the skin
They say get awful hot
And Uncle Sam’s dipping in
Taking what we ain’t got

So come on all you women
Camping on this land
Come on all you women
Out here on No Man’s Land

There’s so much we stand to lose
I’ve the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues
Got the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues
Got the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice Blues

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

FiLM: The RItual of Civil Disobedience

Directed by Sorrel Hays, 1987. 
Filmed on location at the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.

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Encampment Morning Meeting

 Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.  
*We recognize Leeann, Jody, Suzanne, Miriasiem, Shad, Michelle, Donna, & Dorothy. Do you see yourself or someone you know?  Leave a comment or email peacecampherstoryproject@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

HeRSToRy 042 Jennifer Miller

Jennifer skipping, climbing, twirling & bouncing around the Main Gate of the Seneca Army Depot, August 18, 1983.
Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.

*The video of Jennifer's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!

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WVC: Singing at the Main Gate - Aug. 18, 1983

 Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved.  
*We recognize Samoa, robin, D.L., Jennifer & Greta. Do you see yourself or someone you know?  Leave a comment or email peacecampherstoryproject@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

HeRSToRY 054 Bryna Fireside

     Bryna organized the Tasteful Ladies for Peace affinity group that did an action at the Seneca Army Depot in the fall of 1983. Bryna worked as a freelance writer in Ithaca and was one of four collaborators on the book, Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings, 1987. 
 
Interview: Bryna Fireside
Date: April 5, 2008
Location: Ithaca, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

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Friday, November 07, 2014

HeRSToRy 074 Ruth Putter

     Ruth took photographs at the Peace Camp in 1983 and 1984 and helped create  Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings, 1987. 
 
Interview: Ruth Putter
Date: May 31, 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Kathleen Rumpf



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HeRSToRy 085 Mima Cataldo

      Mima Cataldo took photographs of the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice in Romulus, NY in 1983. She helped create Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings, 1987. 
 
Interview: Mima Cataldo
Date: August 15, 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer
                           Photo by Ruth Putter, 1983
     Mima with her trusty camera and two children (one in the stroller, one on her back) at the August 1, 1983 WEFPJ action.

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

HeRSToRy 027 Samoa aka Kim Blacklock


     Samoa became involved with the Women's Encampment as a college student in Geneva, NY. She moved to the land in the summer of 1983 to work as one of the logistics coordinators. She spent time at several European peace camps in the mid-80s and stayed involved with Seneca into the early 90s.
Interview: Samoa aka Kim Blacklock
Date: September 15, 2007
Location: Kent Lakes, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer
Samoa, robin earth, D.L. and other Peace Camp women singing 
at the Main Gate of the Seneca Army Depot, August 18, 1983. 

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HeRSToRy 030 Ruby Hohawk

Interview: Ruby HoHawk (alias)
Date: October 13, 2007
Location: Oakland, CA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Alice O'Malley, robin earth, 
Helen Freedwomon & Amy batTzipora

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Friday, October 24, 2014

SoNG 041 We All Come from the Goddess

Visiting the Peace Camp land, April 2008.
 
We all come from the Goddess
And to Her we shall return.
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.

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SoNG 040 If Every Woman in the World

The visual of this video was taken on a visit to the Peace Camp land, April 2008. The song, sung by a group of women from the Encampment (dubbed Seneca Singers for the purpose of the recording), comes from Peace Camp Sings, a cassette produced by Sorrel Hays and Marilyn Ries, 1987. 

If Every Woman in the World
Written by Karen MacKay and Nancy Nordlie

If ev'ry woman in the world had her mind set on freedom,
if ev'ry woman in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace,
if ev'ry woman of ev'ry nation, young and old, each generation,
held her hands out in the name of love, 
there would be no more war.

If ev’ry man in the world had his mind set on freedom,
if ev’ry man in the world dreamed a sweet dream of peace,
if ev'ry man of ev'ry nation, young and old, each generation,
held his hands out in the name of love, 
there would be no more war.

If ev'ry leader in the world shared a vision,
if ev'ry leader in the world shared a sweet dream of peace,
if ev'ry leader of ev'ry nation, young and old, each generation,
worked for justice and liberation, 
holding hands out in the name of love,
there would be no more war.

If ev'ry nation in the world set a true course for freedom,
if ev'ry nation raised its children in a culture of peace,
if all our sons and all our daughters reached in friendship 
across the waters, refusing to be enemies, 
there would be no more war.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HeRSToRy 098 Pam Flanigan aka Pam Anndagah

Pam (r) with Estelle and Sera at her home, October 16, 2008. 

*The video of Pam's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!

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HeRSToRy 088 Sita Lang

 
Sita setting up for a PeHP interview, September 2008.  


Harvest, 2008.

*Sita's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 083 Sera Brown

Sera working the camera at a PeHP interview, October 2008.  

*The video of Sera's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 091 Chic aka Claire Parker


Chic showing off her vintage Peace Camp t-shirt during her Herstory interview, August, 17, 2008.

*The video of Chic's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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SoNG 038 A Peace Camp Ballad


Otter wrote this song for Estelle's Croning ceremony. It is based on an incredibly true Peace Camp adventure. The responders in this call & response song are Sita, Sera, Dorothy, Hershe, Estelle, Alice and Laura. 
Recorded at Peace Camp GatherSing, Ithaca, NY, September 13, 2008.

A Peace Camp Ballad
written by Otter

One night the women were cutting the fence
Ta-roo, ta-roo, were cutting the fence
Even though they knew 'twas a federal offense
Ta-roo, ta-roo, 'twas a federal offense

Up came a lone officer waving a gun
Ta-roo, ta-roo, waving a gun
Who said stop there ladies and don't try to run
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and don't try to run

I finally caught you and now you must pay
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and now you must pay
Put down the bolt cutters and do as I say
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and do as I say

But among them there was a fiesty old crone
Ta-roo, ta-roo, a fiesty old crone
Who said, back off now sonny, and leave us alone
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and leave us alone
 
We do not acknowledge your authority
Ta-roo, ta-roo, your authority
Your power's illegitimate to those who love peace
Ta-roo, ta-roo, to those who love peace

You can shout all you want but we're going home tonight
Ta-roo, ta-roo, we're going home tonight
And she led them away 'neath the full moon's light
Ta-roo, ta-roo, 'neath the full moon's light

He followed them yelling and waving his hands
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and waving his hands
All the way back to the peace camp lands
Ta-roo, ta-roo, to the peace camp lands

Then the crone she did the most kick-ass thing
Ta-roo, ta-roo, the most kick-ass thing
She had him arrested for trespassing
Ta-roo, ta-roo, for trespassing

The women asked later how she'd been prepared
Ta-roo, ta-roo, how she'd been prepared
To do what she did and not get scared
Ta-roo, ta-roo, and not get scared
 
She said of course the guard gave me a terrible fright
Ta-roo, ta-roo, a terrible fright
But I knew what I knew and I knew I was right
Ta-roo, ta-roo, I knew I was right
 
If I've learned one thing it's you must take a chance
Ta-roo, ta-roo, you must take a chance
If you walk on thin ice you might as well dance
Ta-roo, ta-roo, you might as well dance

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