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

WVC 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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WVC: Boston Walkers Arrive - July 1983

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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WVC: Seneca WEFPJ Blues - August 1983

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

WVC: The Waterloo Talking Blues - August 1983

 Footage from the Women's Video Collective. Copyright 1983. All Rights Reserved. 
     Ann sings the story of the infamous Waterloo 54 - a group of women (primarily from New York City) who were arrested July 30, 1983 in Waterloo, NY as they attempted a peaceful walk from Seneca Falls to the Women's Encampment in Romulus. 

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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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WVC: Encampment morning meeting - July 1983

 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

Interview: Bryna Fireside
Date: April 5, 2008
Location: Ithaca, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

      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. 

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Friday, November 07, 2014

HeRSToRy 074 Ruth Putter

Interview: Ruth Putter
Date: May 31, 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer, Kathleen Rumpf

    Ruth Putter helped create Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings, 1987 [see images below]. She took photographs at the Peace Camp in 1983 and 1984.



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HeRSToRy 085 Mima Cataldo

Interview: Mima Cataldo
Date: August 15, 2008
Location: Syracuse, NY
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

    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.

                           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



Interview: Samoa aka Kim Blacklock
Date: September 15, 2007
Location: Kent Lakes, NY
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

     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. 


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

*Ruby's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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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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Monday, October 20, 2014

WiNDWaLKeR 1984 Barbara Deming

 A 20-minute video of Barbara at the Peace Camp being interviewed by the Women's Video Collective in the aftermath of a confrontation with angry townspeople and subsequent arrest and imprisonment of 54 women at the Waterloo bridge, July 1983.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SoNG 037 Warrior Woman

"I wrote this song at the Peace Camp in 1986. It was inspired by listening to Estelle Coleman and Linci Comy talk about their lives."
Warrior Woman
written by hershe, sung by The Average Dyke Band

I get caught up in the hardness of it all, 

the anger swirling 'round.
But in this moment the softness overwhelms, 

let's gather close and circle 'round.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
The trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
Rest your eyes now, lay your armor down.


The battle lines had yet to be drawn, 
the enemy yet to be named.
As you struggled in the wilderness alone, 
awakening to your marriage with pain.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
the trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
Because of you my wounds don't run as deep.

How could you know that the rage you were feeling was so righteous, 
so perfectly true.
Tears of anguish, your head against the wall

they took it all and left nothing for you.
Warrior woman, I'm born of your life, 
the trails that you blaze and the battles that you fight.
How I mourn the price you had to pay.

I want to take you in my arms, take you away.
We'll find a  place where we don't have to feel the pain.

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HeRSToRy 087 Twilight aka Laurie Jetter

Twilight, right, walking with Sita Lang in the 25th Anniversary of the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment walk from Seneca Falls to Waterloo. August 2008.

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

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HeRSToRy 017 Barbara Reale

Interview: Barbara Reale
Date: December 8, 2006
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

                                                  Photo by Nancy Clover
Barbara (above far left) with her "Chain Gang" affinity group prior to their action, 
and (below far right) chained to the Seneca Army Depot main gate, August 1983.
                                                  Photo by Nancy Clover
      Barbara and Kris Eberlein on the front page of the NYT Metro section, June 27, 1983. 

Women Plan Arms Protest Upstate
by Suzanne Daley

Caption: Barbara Reale, standing, and Kristin Eberlein on  a 52-acre farm in Romulus, N.Y. The farm was bought by a group of women who hope to use it as an assembly are for antinuclear demonstrations at the Seneca Army Depot, which adjoins property. Raymound [sic] Zajac, Town Supervisor, fears the problems those demonstrations might bring.

Romulus, N.Y. - Beside a small farm on Route 96 here in the Finger Lakes Regions, a svn says: “Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice.” The sign, leaning in the shade of a tall tree, is strikingly neat and glossy, in contrast with a nearby house where the shutters droop on their hinges, the porch railing is broken and only a hint of paint remains.
   A group of women bought the 52-acre farm in May and hopes to attract hundreds of women here this summer to use the farm’s fields as a camping ground and assembly area for antinuclear demonstrations.
   Adjoining the land is the target of the protests - the Seneca Army Depot, an 11,000-acre amunitions storage site that is widely assumed to contain nuclear weapons. The Army will not comment on this.
   The encampment is scheduled to open on the Fourth of July and to run at least until Labor Day. During that time, the women expect to conduct a variety of peaceful demonstrations, including symbolic burials of model missiles, passing out leaflets, marching and at least one day of civil disobedience.
   The prospect of such protests has set the Army to building fences, hiring extra civilian guards and holding meetings to ease the concerns of workers. It has also caused a great deal of anxiety in this town of about 2,600 residents [sic], two bard, a delicatessen, a hotel, a barber shop and a beauty salon.
2 Big Employers in the Area
   Romulus is southeast of Rochester, between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. The largest employers in town are the Army depot and a state psychiatric center.
   Here the roads cut straight through fields and pastures. The only traffic tie-ups are caused by slow moving tractors. the nearest supermarket is 15 miles away.
   “If this thing gets to any proportion at all, what are we going to do?” asked Raymond Zajac, Town Supervisor. He recalled that several years ago, 200 strikers demonstrating at the Willard Psychiatric Center surrounded the sheriff’s office in nearby Waterloo and ‘brought the county to a standstill.”
   Mr. Zajac, who thinks the women “have a beautiful dream but have bitten of [sic] than they can chew,” says he has many concerns. They range from the town’s limited water supply to its lack of a police force to having only one judge. The judge usually holds court on Tuesdays between 7 P.M. and 10 P.M.
Friendly Outcome Is Doubted
   “We aren’t equipped to deal with this,” Mr. Zajac went on. “the women say: ‘We’re not trying to bother you. Our beef is with the Federal Government.’ But they’ve already caused  a hardship with all the worrying. They say that by the end of the summer we’ll all be great friends but if that happens, I’ll sit in this office and eat my hat.”
   Like the commander of the Army depot and the sheriff, Mr. Zajac says he is particularly frustrated because the women maintain they have no leader, and they are sometimes vague in describing what they plan to do.
   “Nothing is clear,” said Mr. Zajac, “They don’t know, so we don’t know how many people will show up. We aren’t so much worried about them, although I want to tell you that the prospect of breaking up 300 mothers is awesome - but what about the others who will be attracted to this sort of thing. Maybe motorcycle gangs - who knows?
   Rumors are proliferating on both sides with lightning speed. Perhaps the most tenacious is a rumor that several battalions of troops from New jersey will arrive to guard the post. This last one, the depot commander, Col. John C. Wilson, said was “the wildest rumor” he had ever heard.
   Colonel Wilson did say that besides more than 40 extra people hired to guard the base this summer, the Army had other contingency plans to protect the depot if needed. However, he would not elaborate.
   Organizers said that the exact nature of demonstrations would be decided by the women who show up. so far, one day, Aug. 1, has been designated for civil disobedience.
   One of the three paid workers at the farm, Barbara Reale, 23 years old, who studied economics at Cornell University and has since worked for several peace organizations, said the farm would have camp sites ready to accommodate about 350 people. Some fields will be kept available to handle any overflow attendance.
   Men, she said, will not be allowed to participate nor will they be allowed to enter most areas of the camp.
   The group has published a brochure about why it has chosen to exclude men. In it, about a dozen women present arguments, most of them expressing the view that women working together can create a special environment not possible when men are around.
   Since May, several women have been living at the farm, which is furnished with an assortment of mismatched used furniture and has no running water. One room is set up as an office, where phone calls are received and work schedules are loosely organized.
   On the walls are lists of chores. There are also lists of chores already accomplished - such as cleaning out the barn - that are punctuated with exclamations of encouragement such as “Go, girls!”
More Facilities Still Needed
   But there is a great deal left to be done. Ways to provide more water are still being worked out. Lean-tos, a pavilion and toilets have yet to be installed.
   The encampment, said Miss Reale, is being sponsored by a large assortment of individual women and women’s groups. Contributors, she said, include such groups as the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker pacifist group; the New England War Tax Resistance, Church Women United, Nuclear Weapons Facilities Network, the Rochester Peace and Justice Education Center and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
   Romulus is policed by the County Sheriff’s office, which has 18 deputies and 3 patrol cars for the 36,000 residents in the county. The jail, a picturesque red brick building, has 24 cells. The Sheriff, Kenneth J. Greer, has tentatively canceled all vacations and leaves this summer.
   “So far, the women have been very peaceful, very cordial and very eager to cooperate with us and the military,” Sheriff Greer said, “We aren’t expecting any trouble but there is always the factor of the unknown.”
   Several of the women on the farm cite instance of people who have been friendly to them - a bar down the road gave a refrigerator, some local women have brought pies or homemade bread.But there are people in town who are angry that their way of life may be changed this summer.

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HeRSToRy 066 Carman Bradshaw

                                                              Photo by hershe Michele Kramer, 2008
Carman (right) with Christine at the 25th Anniversary of the Waterloo 54 Walk in Seneca Falls, August 2008.

*The video of Carman's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 102: J'amie aka Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet

                                                                           Photo by Hazel Brampton, 1983

J'amie (center, blue bandana on head) at the Opening Day tree-planting ceremony at the main gate of the Seneca Army Depot, July 4, 1983.

*The video of Jeanne Michele's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 059 Arora Crone

                                                                                          Photo by Renee-Noelle Felice, 1984
Arora (l) and Dolfin in the parking lot at the Peace Camp, August 1984. 

*The video of Arora's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 105 Woody Blue


                                                                          Photo by Renee-Noelle Felice, 1984

Woody at the fire pit of the outdoor kitchen in August of 1984. 

Woody (l) with Terry Fredlund [PeHP 103] November, 2008.

*The video of Woody's herstory is in the To Be Processed queue - check back!
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HeRSToRy 110 Terri Shay


                                                                                           Photo by Renee-Noelle Felice, 1984

Terri working on a sign in the back yard at the Peace Camp in preparation for the Women's Equality Day Celebration and Demonstration, August 26, 1984. The day began with a march in Seneca Falls and culminated in a civil disobedience action at the Depot main gate.


Terri being interviewed for PeHP at her home in Tucson, AZ, November 19, 2008.

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

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HeRSToRy 014 Linda Field

Interview: Linda Field
Date: December 7, 2006
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

Linda in the far left corner as part of the Women's Equality Day march through Seneca Falls, NY on August 26, 1984. (See close up from the photo below).
 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

HeRSToRy 013 Glynis Lomon


Interview: Glynis Lomon
Date: November 17, 2006
Location: Cambridge, MA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

HeRSToRy 012 Judi Kelemen


Herstory: Judi Kelemen
Date: November 16, 2006
Location: Watertown, MA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

HeRSToRy 011 Claire Beach


Interview: Claire Beach
Date: October 22, 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer
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Friday, October 10, 2014

HeRSToRy 010 Jody Bear aka Jody Laine



Herstory: Jody Bear aka Jody Laine
Date: October 22, 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Present: Estelle Coleman, hershe Michele Kramer

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE from the Women's Video Collective, July 1983
Jody facilitating Morning Meeting at the Peace Camp,
Shad Reinstein recording minutes.



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Thursday, October 09, 2014

HeRSToRy 009 Bird aka Johna Cochran


Interview: Bird aka Johna Cochran
Date: October 22, 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Present: Estelle Crone, hershe Michele Kramer

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