Magazine article New Internationalist

Greenham: Non-Violent Women V: The Crown Prerogative

Magazine article New Internationalist

Greenham: Non-Violent Women V: The Crown Prerogative

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Greenham Non-Violent Women v The Crown Prerogative

by Sarah Hipperson

(Greenham Publications 2005)

There was always something special about the protests at Greenham Common. They were anti-nuclear at a time when nuclear war seemed an imminent threat - each of the 96 cruise missiles stored in the US base carried a nuclear warhead with the capacity of 16 Hiroshima bombs. They were women's protests at a time when feminism was strong. They were innovative and exciting. And they would not go away.

Those of us who went occasionally to 'embrace the base', or to camp for a night or two, had huge admiration for the women who stayed through the winter, harassed by the police, with no warmth and little shelter.

Sarah Hipperson was one of those women. In this book, she tells the story of the resistance of the women at Yellow Gate camp. …

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