Helen John, peace campaigner, died on 5 November 2017. She was a founder of the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp in 1981, protesting against the deployment of US cruise missiles held at the site. During the 1990s Helen set up a women’s peace camp at the US-run Menwith Hill spy base in West Yorkshire. Her direct action included blocking military bases, transports, spray painting public building and she participated in actions organised by others, such as Ploughshares and Faslane 365 against Trident. Although her actions were always non-violent, Helen was imprisoned several times. She ran for office against Tony Blair and served as CND vice-chair in the early 2000s.
A memorial meeting for Helen will be held on 10 December, 2pm at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Please consider coming. If you wish to contribute to the meeting by saying a few words or doing a reading, contact Magnus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helen’s collection of archive material is held at the Feminist Archive North. Please contact us if you would like access to her collection.
Helen John (left) visiting the Feminist Archive North in February 2016