Woman’s ‘amazing’ life campaigning against nuclear weapons revealed in book
PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 December 2017
A Yatton woman will be signing copies of a new book this weekend which outlines her fight against nuclear weapons.
Righteous Anger: One Woman’s Action For Peace 1983-1993 sheds light on Juley Howard’s life and she believes fighting for just causes has never been more applicable with the world ‘facing an uncertain future’.
Juley went to live at a peace camp at Greenham Common in Berkshire aged 16. From there, her life became a mixture of cutting fences, dealing with the difficulties of daily evictions, studying at the local college, blockading military vehicles and spending time in prison.
In the late-1980s Juley moved to Bristol, where out of the blue she received a phone call asking if she would like to take part in an action to stop a British nuclear bomb from being exploded in the Nevada Desert.
These stories and more are explained in the book, which Faith Moulin helped her write.
Faith said: “I knew Juley had lived at Greenham Common, but I was amazed by her straightforward account of life there. The women at the peace camp were prepared to be shot and took that risk in order to oppose cruise missiles.
“Righteous Anger is more than interesting in view of current political threats to world peace.
“I am so pleased I was able to help Juley to record her memories for the benefit of future generations.
“Her conscience is clear. She made sacrifices that few of us are willing to make and we are both very glad that we are now able to offer the story of a fascinating decade for others to read.”
Juley will deliver a free lecture at Bristol Central Library on January 18 explaining how campaigners in the city helped to stop nuclear weapons’ testing. It will start at 12.30pm.
Juley said: “If you don’t write your own history then someone else will.
“I wrote this book to give my own clear and readable account of life at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and the connections we made with other anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigns.
“The world is facing an uncertain future.
“The message of my book is that everybody can make a difference.”
Copies of the book will be signed at Saturday’s market, which will run at the village hall from 10am-2pm.