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'a straightforward and honest account of life as a Greenham Woman' - Clare Short.
'absolutely enthralled. Juley's life is incredible' - Haley Drolet.
Juley Howard, a serious and sincere sixth former who wanted to study Religion and Politics, first visited Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in December 1983. With a growing conviction that nuclear weapons were evil, within a few months she was living there full-time.
This book, based on interviews, press cuttings and Juley’s contemporary diaries, covers a decade of political turbulence from 1983-1993. It gives one woman’s perspective on the non-violent direct action she took against nuclear weapons and records her detailed memories of everyday life in the Camp. She describes the lives and actions of the women, the brutality of constant evictions, her frequent court appearances and prison experiences.
While a teenager at Greenham, Juley took up opportunities to travel and visit other countries – including a conference in Libya where she and her teenage companion were locked in a room with Colonel Gaddafi while he spoke for three hours.
Cruise missiles drew Juley to the USA where she was one of three British women who made their way through miles of desert to the US Nevada nuclear test site, arriving at Ground Zero to stop the countdown of the penultimate British nuclear test only seven minutes from detonation. Following her trial in the USA, Juley describes her travels in war-torn Central America and First Nation northern Canada.
Juley’s anti-nuclear convictions led her to support the Western Shoshone Native American people who have been exploited and dispossessed by US Government mining and nuclear testing on their native lands. In order to raise awareness of the plight of the Western Shoshone, Juley and 15 other women who had been at Greenham Common broke into the grounds of Buckingham Palace in 1993 to try to persuade the Queen to stop nuclear tests on Western Shoshone land.
This book is a unique account of the life of a remarkable woman during the political and social upheavals of Thatcher’s years. It will inspire further research in the social historian yet is also intriguing to the casual reader.
See Juley’s website for more information: www.mygreenhamcommon.co.uk
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