Amateur film documenting the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice at Romulus, N. Y. During the summer of 1983, thousands of women camped on a 51-acre farm next to the Seneca Army Depot. They were protesting the nuclear missiles housed at the depot. Women speak about why they are participating. One says that she realized, after having four sons, that she had "given birth to a lot of cannon fodder for the Vietnam War." Bella Abzug was interviewed at the camp and spoke of how women have little influence in politics, but can make their voices heard through action. Scenes around the encampment, of marches, and protests at the depot's gate are shown. One woman reads aloud a statement demanding the dismantling of every weapon stored at the depot, a nuclear weapons freeze, and more. The women are shown painting signs, managing meals, and participating in discussion groups. All group decisions are made through consensus, which is acknowledged as sometimes being difficult. An example of such a process is shown. The women marched through nearby Waterloo, where they were confronted by local residents. The women sat in the street and 54 were arrested. Back at the encampment, women undergo nonviolence training. On August 1st, 3,000 women marched to the gates of the depot. 244 were arrested for climbing over the fence. Italian and German women speak about representing the countries where the missiles from the depot will be transported. Near the end of the video, women talk about what they are taking away from the encampment: hope, inspiration, and commitment.
Closed Captioning is available in the video controls.
This recording was digitized and made accessible as part of the “Digitizing the Sound and Sight of American Women’s Work for Peace and Justice” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2019 (grant number PW-264110-19) and the “Digitizing Audio-Visual Materials in the Peace Collection from the U.S. Anti-Nuclear Movement” grant funded by the Samuel Rubin Foundation (grant number 22203), 2019.