An online collection of oral herstories, photographs, songs & articles from the
Seneca Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, 1982-2006
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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
035 Nancy Clover
036 Michelle Murray
037 Grace Ross
038 Laura Flanders
039 Quinn Dilkes
040 Rosalie Regal
043 Helene Aylon
044 Alessandra Nichols
045 Martha Mollison
046 Mary Loehr
047 Clare Grady
048 Marilyn Rivchin
049 Susie Kossack
050 Ellie Rosenburg
051 Louise Cummings
052 Chris Huston
053 Tracy Sabo
055 Lars Friend
056 Karen Edelstein
057 Cathy Sherwood
058 Cat Tague
060 Judy Besemer
061 Sorrrel Hays
062 Marilyn Ries
063 Carol Baum
064 Barbara Gerber
065 Nancy Osborne
067 Karen Kerney
068 Julie Hammer
069 Diana Cramer
070 Mary Ann Zeppetello
071 Karen Mihalyi
072 Walter Putter
073 Claudia Gebhardt
075 Kathleen Rumpf
076 Andy Mager
077 Arlene Ahl
078 Linda DeStefano
079 Jane Begley
080 Beth Howe Miller
081 Renee-Noelle Felice
082 Sally Roesch Wagner
083 Sera Brown
084 Eugene Korvos
086 Lucille Povero
088 Sita Lang
089 Lynn Varricchio
090 Evelyn Bailey
092 Estelle Coleman
094 Hershe Michele Kramer
096 Walda Metcalf
JEB's Slideshow: http://media.smith.edu/departments/ssc/biren/biren-slideshow.html
Every Woman Here: Remnants of Seneca 1982-2006. Peace Encampment Herstory Project, 2007.
Stronger Than Before: The Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice. Women's Video Collective, 1983. 26 min.
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 - 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, 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.
Peace Camp Sings, 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.
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.