5 September

'We fear for the future of all our children and for the future of the living world which is the basis of all life' _ Women for Life on Earth, Greenham Common
September 2009

The Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp was established today in 1981. Its protests against the cruise missiles being held on the American airbase were to grab headlines throughout the 1980s.

'I had a problem in dissociating people and property, but I came to understand that this fence was just a thing and had been put there by men, and I had just accepted that as being normal whereas it was not normal at all.

'We had a code for bolt croppers - we used to call them black cardigans - so that the police didn't immediately know what we planned to do and stop us before we had started. There would be a message passed around to get the bcs or black cardigans, and we would take down parts of the fence or just enough to get in.'
Evelyn Parker, BBC news online, 10 November 1999

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