Interview: Alice O'Malley
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 hundreds of British sisters were engaged in nonviolent protest in the face of the scheduled deployment of U.S. Cruise missiles.
Though the U.S. military steadfastly refused to either confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons at the Seneca Depot, 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.
Were you at WEFPJ or Greenham? We would love to hear about it. Leave a comment on one of these posts or email peacecampherstoryproject @gmail.com
Beth Howe Miller
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1996 Luna Moon aka Sophia West
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Stronger Than Before: The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. Women's Video Collective, 1983.
Peace Camps Sing, 1987. Tallapoosa Music, New York, NY.
The Great Peace March: Wild Wimmin for Peace, 1986. To order CD, call: 412-361-3022
The Average Dyke Band: Songs from Seneca, December 1985.
We Are the Web: The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice by Catherine Allport, Artemis Project: NYC, 1984.
The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice: Images and Writings Edited by Mima Cataldo, Ruth Putter, Byrna Fireside and Elaine Lytel, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.
Nuclear Summer: The Clash of Communities at the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment by Louise Krasniewicz, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.
Panhandling Papers by Kady Van Deurs, Common Wealth Printing, 1989.
We are Ordinary Women: A Chronicle of the Puget Sound Women's Peace Camp by Participants of the Puget Sound Women's Peace Camp, The Seal Press: Seattle, 1985.
Greenham Women Everywhere: Dreams, Ideas and Actions from the Women's Peace Movement by Alice Cook and Gwyn Kirk, South End Press: London. 1983.
Walking to Greenham: How the Peace-camp began and the Cold War ended by Ann Pettitt, Honno: South Glamorgan, Wales, 2006.
Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham by Sasha Roseneil, Casssell: London, 2000.
Rocking the Ship of State: Toward a Feminist Peace Politics edited by Adrienne Harris and Ynestra King, Boulder: Westview Press, 1989.
Prisons That Could Not Hold by Barbara Deming, Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1995.
Deming, Barbara. Dec. 1984. "Building the 'Beloved Community.'" The Nonviolent Activist.
Doremus, Andrea, compiler. Fall 1999. "Seneca Stories: Responses to a call for Memories." Iris. pp. 36-47.
Finkelstein, S. Naomi. Winter 1994/95. "McRunes and Mazdas." Sinister Wisdom, #54, pp. 72-79.
Joy, Margaretta. April-August 2003. "We are the Web": Letter Writing and the 1980s Women's Peace Movement," Prose Studies, Vol. 26, #1-2, pp. 196-218. Routledge.
McDaniel, Judith. "One Summer at Seneca: A Lesbian Feminist Looks Back in Anger." Heresies, #20, pp. 6-11.
Chmielewski, Wendy E.: "Resisting Nuclear Madness: The Utopian Vision of the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice," presented at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 6, 2001.