Review – How Greenham Women Beat The Nuclear Fanatics…& Suffered For It

At the weekend my wife Helen and I saw ‘Mothers of the Revolution’ — and the memories, and even tears, came flooding back, says Alan Tristram (Editor).

So, iff you want your children and grandchildren to be spared the horrors of nuclear death and destruction, you too should see this film,

One of the longest protests

Mothers of the Revolution tells the story of one of the longest protests in history when between 1981 and 2000 thousands of women from around the world came together at Greenham Common to take a stand against nuclear proliferation.

Helen went there with other women ( from Conservative Surrey of all places) to support the permanent protesters. And I joined in with other men to support our wives.

‘Mothers of the Revolution’ tells their story and it’s an inspiring, but devastating account.

The key lessons

Three of the key lessons the film highlights:

1, How subservient Britan was, and is, to the nuclear super-power, the United States.

And how Tory leaders like Margaret Thatcher bent over backwards to ignore democratic protests while aiding American plans which could easily have turned the UK into a smoking nuclear graveyard.

2, The film shows how brutally the Greenham women were bullied by the police and security officers, encouraged by a rabid British gutter press. The women’s actions gave misogynist bullies the chance to drag, beat up and humiliate women.

( I recall one woman pointing to a policeman and calling out: “There’s Sergeant Smith — he made me shit in my

shoe.’ The policeman had refused to allow the woman to get to a toilet).

3. The courage of women of all ages who left their homes, and often their children, to live in primitve conditons for

days, weeks and months. The Greenham women showed bravery which deserves the sort of award routinely given

to men in the services.

The film is skilfully put together using historic footage and interviews, with inspired acting for some of the scenes.

The high points included one-on-one interviews with women telling their stories — wonderful, inspiring and sometimes tragic.

And the conclusion brought things home to Aotearoa and the Pacific.

It would be wonderful if this story could be shown to secondary students throughout the country.

This is our story…and theirs too.

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