Mary Kelly & Margaretta D'Arcy

Anti-War News from Ireland
Women against War

Monday Dec. 10 - Start 7pm
@ Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin

Yellow Gate Women

The Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp (1982-2000) was formed in response to NATO's decision in 1979 to base ground cruise missiles at Greenham Common and as a response to the proliferation of nuclear forces, which occurred throughout that decade. It was in the wake of this announcement that the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp opened at this site. The 'camp' itself consisted of nine smaller camps: the first was Yellow Gate, established the month after Women for Peace on Earth reached the airbase; others established in 1983 were Green Gate, the nearest to the silos, and the only entirely exclusive women-only camp at all times, the others accepting male visitors during the day; Turquoise Gate; Blue Gate with its new age focus; Pedestrian Gate; Indigo Gate; Violet Gate identified as being religiously focussed; Red Gate known as the artists gate; and Orange Gate. A central core of women lived either full-time or for stretches of time at any one of the gate camps with others staying for various lengths of time.

Report from the International Conference against US & NATO Military Bases
in Dublin, Ireland

Big Plane Small Axe

Award winning film 'Big Plane Small Axe' documenting the consequences of Mary Kelly's action when she hacked at a US Navy warplane at Shannon Airport in Ireland.
In January 2003 the build-up for the attack on Iraq was intensifying daily. Shannon Airport had become a refuelling stopover for the war. Mary Kelly, newly returned from hair-raising experiences as a volunteer nurse in Palestine, threw herself into the anti-war movement, but soon came to believe it was not enough. ’I felt I had to do something else, and shatter through their lies. I just did not want those planes going there, so I attacked one of them. It was like chopping extremely hard wood.’ She was charged with criminal damage to a US Navy aircraft without lawful excuse, and faced a possible ten years in jail. The film follows her ordeal through three successive trials, and finally her sentencing at Limerick.