British civilian anti-nuclear activist ran London office for Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, 1982-1983; organised campaign in US to prevent deployment of cruise missiles in GB, including filing lawsuit against US government, 1982-1983.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in GB, 1952-1982: family background and education; social work. Aspects of period in London and at Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, Berkshire, GB, 1982-1983: description of first visit to camp; story of setting up Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp office in London, 1982; role in dealing with financial matters, media coverage and organising activities; story of occupying sentry box with Helen John; attitude of Greenham women to London office; description of work as solicitor's clerk; story of first court appearance and opinion of magistrates; description of administrative work in London office for 'Embrace the Base' action, 12/Dec/1982; opinion of success of action.
REEL 2 Continues: further comments on 'Embrace the Base' and following day of action, 13/Dec/1982; relations with media and police following actions; attitude to all-women policy in camp; question of camp encouraging experimentation with gender roles; relations between Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and CND; further comments on relations between London office and women in camp; description of multi-cultural nature of Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and opinion of anarchic aspect of organisation. Aspects of period in New York, US, 1983-1986: story of taking issue of cruise missile deployment to court in New York, US; role in setting up office in New York; importance of support from US human rights lawyers and financial aid from peace and justice groups; attitude to working at the Centre for Constitutional Rights.
REEL 3 Continues: opinion of British plaintiff team and US defence lawyers; question of not winning case but raising profile of Greenham Common and Molesworth bases; further comments on help from US peace and justice groups; fund raising in US; attitude of US public to US military deployment in Europe; problem of raising issue in British courts; support from prominent international witnesses; organisation of parallel campaign in GB during case in US; problem of completing paperwork before case opened; opinion of British media coverage; reason for hearing in case in New York rather than Washington DC; story of filing lawsuit again President Reagan and US government; plaintiffs and legal arguments; description of three court appearances; support from peace groups in New York; reaction to deployment of cruise missiles in GB during court case.
REEL 4 Continues: opinion of contribution of US lawyers; story of organising speaking tours in Europe and US following deployment of cruise missiles; problem of verbal abuse while speaking; comparison of British and US fundraising activities; opinion of success of court case in raising awareness of Greenham Common issue in US and GB; comparison of treatment of peace campaigners by US and British governments; differences between Greenham Women Against Cruise and Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp; description of other anti-nuclear and peace activities in US; comparison of peace campaigning in US and GB; story of return to GB and resumption of activities with Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, 1986; reflections on importance of Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.