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Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles was organized in 1983 by a group of women who were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. The Greenham peace camps were a grassroots anti-nuclear movement in Great Britain. Several activists at Greenham organized Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, which sought to use the U.S. legal system to challenge the right of the U.S. government to deploy nuclear missiles on foreign soil. A suit was filed in U.S. fedeal court on their behalf by the Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, New York): "Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, et al. against Ronald Reagan, et al." A Superior Court judge in New York ruled that the case was political and could not be heard, and an appellate court upheld that decision. Although the suit was unsuccessful, the Greenham women, led by Gwyn Kirk, used the lawsuit to make the American public aware of growing objections in the international community to the ongoing escalation of the nuclear arms race. A group of Greenham women traveled around the United States speaking out about these issues.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of the Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles.
Received from various sources.
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Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, July 1998.
6 buttons removed to the Button/Pin/Ribbon Collection; 1 poster removed to the Poster Collection; 2 pieces of green fencing removed to the Memorabilia Collection.
- Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles
- Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp
- Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, N.Y.)
- Antinuclear movement -- Great Britain
- Antinuclear movement -- United States
- Women and Peace -- Great Britain
- Women and Peace -- United States
- Nuclear Disarmament -- Great Britain
- Nuclear weapons -- Great Britain
- Antinuclear movement
- Nuclear Disarmament
- Nuclear weapons
- Women and Peace
- Swarthmore College Peace Collection
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research without restrictions.
- Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
- Use Restrictions
includes several proposals
includes some notes of support
Greenham Women Against Cruise Missiles, et.al. against Ronald Reagan, et.al.
U.S. Court of Appeals