"My activism -- cultural, political, spiritual -- is rooted in my love of nature and my delight in human beings." -- Alice Walker
Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace & Justice
The Women's Encampment was established in the summer of 1983 at 5440 Rt. 96, Romulus, N.Y., next to the Seneca Army Depot, which was at that time storing nuclear weapons. That summer nearly 12,000 women visited the Encampment and demonstrated against the deployment of the Pershing II and Cruise missiles. During the next three years there were many acts of non-violent civil disobedience at the Seneca Army Depot.
Today the land is part of a women's collective and the Depot is in the process of being closed. No nuclear weapons are stored at the Depot.
Vision Statement (From the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace & Justice Resource Handbook which was distributed between 1983 and 1986.):
Women have played an important role throughout our history in opposing violence and oppression.
We have been the operators of the Underground Railroad, the spirit of the equal rights movement and the strength of the peace movement. In 1590, the women of the Iroquois Nation met in Seneca to demand an end to war among the tribes. In 1848 the first Women's Rights Convention met at Seneca Falls giving shape and voice to the 19th century feminist movement.
Once again women are gathering at Seneca--this time to challenge the nuclear threat at its doorstep. The Seneca Army Depot, a Native American homeland once nurtured and protected by the Iroquois, is now the storage site for the neutron bomb and most likely the Pershing II missile and is the departure point for weapons to be deployed in Europe. Women from New York State, from the United States and Canada, from Europe, and, indeed, from all over the world, are committed to nonviolent action to stop the deployment of these weapons.
The existence of nuclear weapons is killing us. Their production contaminates our environment, destroys our natural resources, and depletes our human energy and creativity. But the most critical danger they represent is to life itself. Sickness, accidents, genetic damage and death, these are the real products of the nuclear arms race. We say no to the threat of global holocaust, no to the arms race, no to death. We say yes to a world where people, animals, plants and the earth itself are respected and valued.