Illustration of a white dove with white text on a purple background color
copyright 1984 GREENHAM WOMEN ENGLAND US DIST DONNELLY/COLT BUTTONS BOX 188 HAMPTON CT 06247
This button was made for the Greenham Common Women's peace camp. In 1981 a group of women from Wales who called themselves "Women for Life on Earth" set up a camp outside RAF Greenham Common Airbase to protest the U.S. nuclear cruise missiles that were going to be sent to the base. There were several camps around the base and each camp usually housed between 6 and 50 women on a rotating basis. The protestors were pacifists and feminists and would not allow men to join them in the camp. They camped outside the base, disrupted training exercises, painted slogans on planes and buildings, and sued the U.S. government to draw attention to the missiles, which were removed in 1991 and '92. Many of the women were arrested and harassed for their participation in the camp and direct action protests, but more women always took their place.
Sources: Johnson, M. (1984, March 28). "Officials put pressure on 'peace camp.'" Lawrence Journal World.
Miner, B. (1983, December 2). "British nuclear protesters turn to courts." Bangor Daily News.