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5 Tips On How To Become a Revolutionary From a Nobel Prize-Winning Activist

Holding out for a hero? What if it’s you!

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A screaming protestor is dragged away by police, outside the U.S. Air Force base at Greenham Common, on Nov. 1, 1983. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

In 1981, a group of 36 women marched from Cardiff, Wales, to a Royal Air Force base at Greenham Common in Berkshire, England.

Nicknamed “Women for Life on Earth,” the group made the 120-mile trek in protest of NATO’s decision to place 96 US cruise missiles on UK soil as a preventative measure in case of an attack.

After governments on both sides of the pond refused give in to negotiate with the group, they set up a women-only peace camp along the huge fence outside of Greenham Common.

Women stand shoulder-to-shoulder around the perimeter fence at Greenham Common U.S.A.F. base, near Newbury, England, Dec. 12, 1982, to protest at British government plans to allow the siting of 96 Cruise missiles at the base. An estimated 12,000 people, mainly women, formed a human chain around the 9-mile fence. (AP Photo/David Caulkin).

The peace camp’s protests became an international media sensation; the women were pushing back against a move that would put UK residents in a precarious, likely life-threatening situation if the cruise missiles were used. Not to mention the expected damage to the environment. By criticizing the deal between the US and UK governments and NATO, the demonstrators were challenging the widely-held belief that nuclear arms were absolutely necessary for protection. What they did not know at the time is that they had started a revolution that would arguably lead to the end of an arms race.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the inception of the protest.

To commemorate, Universal Pictures is set to release a documentary film on the unsung heroes of this feminist disarmament uprising.

The film, directed by Briar March and narrated by former British MP Glenda Jackson, is called “Mothers of the Revolution.”

We were lucky enough to be able to host one of the documentary’s subjects, the prolific and eminent Greenham veteran Rebecca Johnson.

Ms. Johnson is a firecracker. She spoke with gumption and gravitas about her six-year stint at Greenham Common and her tireless efforts to rid the world of nuclear weaponry.

I learned a lot from Mr. Johnson’s experiences fighting for global disarmament. Based on our conversation, here are some tips for the budding revolutionary!

Baby clothes and pictures hang beneath large anti nuclear signs on the fence surround the U.S. Air Force base at Greenham Common, Greenham, on Dec. 12, 1982, when some 10,000 anti-nuclear protestors, mostly women, formed a human chain in a peace ’embrace’ around the 9-mile perimeter. (AP Photo/Caulkin)

1. Figure out what you believe. Like really believe in.

What is the change you’d like to see in the world?

What hills would you proverbially or literally die on?

Fall down those rabbit holes and find out what gets your engine running.

Everyone has a different role to play whether it be in a comprehensive social justice movement or simply in an attempt to effect cultural change.

Ms. Johnson talked of discovering her talent for strategizing during the protest at Greenham Common and how every woman present, whether young or old, experienced or wide-eyed, found their value and contributed in the way they knew best.

She often used the metaphor of a spider’s web saying, “If you aren’t your strand in that web, it leaves a hole, and the hole damages and weakens the web. If you are you and you recognize, yes, fragile though I am – small as my voice is, it’s necessary for me to do what I can…because [if not] I’m contributing to a hole that weakens all of us.”

In this world, if you stand for nothing, you fall for everything.

(AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

2. Bring your friends! Revolution is a group activity.

Yes, it only takes one person to start. But the road is long and arduous so don’t go it alone!

Find like-minded souls to brainstorm with and organize.

Greenham Common saw some 70,000 protestors over the years, and inspired millions more worldwide with their vigilance and bravery.

You want the message to be amplified over and over again; the more people you reach, the larger the movement gets. For example when Ms. Johnson spoke of the general understanding between her and her comrades that once released from prison, they would “carry Greenham home”, inciting a global day of action for disarmament on May 24th, 1983. This is pre-social media obviously, but the rallying cries from Greenham had a long-lasting and far-reaching echo. The support of the public was also a huge part of the longevity of the Greenham protest; naysayers were fuel for their conviction as well, empowering more and more potential allies to join the cause.

A woman protester is dragged into a police car during a demonstration outside the Greenham Common airbase, Nov. 1, 1983 (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Think outside the box!

Extreme problems often require experimental solutions.

Revolution and rebellion can be achieved through many means.

Though fully committed to nonviolence, the Greenham women did invent methods of disruption that were inspired and effective.

Ms. Johnson regaled us with stories of when she and other Greenham women put their heads together to create peace-driven but disruptive actions.

During their first event in February 1982 called “Embrace the Base,” roughly 30,000 women came to Greenham hoping to stymie the construction of the base. They sang fight songs, circulated petitions, obstructed highways and took over air traffic control towers. Many were jailed and put on trial. They lived in caravans parked outside the camp’s enclosure in less than comfortable conditions. But a good cause and good company keeps any revolutionary warm and motivated.

(AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

4. Slow and steady wins the race.

Change absolutely does not happen overnight, but the revolutionary must stay vigilant. The idea was to stop the missiles from arriving, but that did not work. The nuclear arms arrived in 1983, much to the dismay of all of Greenham. The women were met with violence from U.S. military personnel and British police: “The [police] were dragging us, they were bouncing on our backs once they pushed us into the ditches…” Officers and soldiers would pour hot coffee down women’s pants or threaten them with rape and assault if they didn’t cease and desist. She described another event where she herself was knocked unconscious by an officer. But they kept on!

The women at Greenham took advantage of the fact that at every turn they were being underestimated, their resolve rarely wavering. Greenham Common Peace Camp began in 1981 and did not close until way after the last missiles left the premises in 1991. Officially closed in 2000, the women earned themselves a memorial park at the site of their legendary protest. Press on, go brave and the results might astound you.

Greenham Common Air base – Nov. 15, 1983. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

5. Be open to being transformed.

There is no way to fully immerse yourself in a movement for the greater good or stand up for what you believe – and not be irrevocably changed. Many of the attendees at Greenham Common were closeted queer folks lacking in community and described finally feeling free to be themselves at the camp, leading the UK press to push the narrative that the protest was being held by a large group of lesbians!

Ms. Johnson spoke of her life after the camp, “I was pretty unemployable by then because I’d actually been in-and-out of prison a lot…” But she was approached by Greenpeace to head up yet another disarmament initiative working to draft a treaty banning nuclear testing. This opened up an entirely new career path for her. She authored a book published by the United Nations and then began work on a separate treaty with ICAN, an effort that won her team the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for raising awareness on the humanitarian ramifications of nuclear weapon use. She told us how Greenham changed the course of her life personally and professionally.

Anti-nuclear protestors wave goodbye to a U.S. Air Force plane carrying Cruise Missiles at Greenham Common, England, on August 1, 1989. They were the first of the 96 missiles at Greenham Common, 50 miles west of London, which are being transported out and destroyed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. (AP Photo/Redman)
(AP Photo/Redman)

To conclude, it does not take much to make big waves. Not to say that there are not innumerable sacrifices or intense undertakings involved when fighting for the greater good – but it does not take some special caliber of person to do it. The legacy of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp is one of the ordinary achieving the extraordinary.

The word revolution has Latinate roots meaning “a change of fortune”.  Though certainly one-of-a-kind, Rebecca Johnson is not a superhuman nor does she consider herself a “mother” of the revolution, “I was a suffragette daughter, I never thought I was doing a revolution, I was just trying to carry on [that revolution]…our daughters and granddaughters are every single woman, every single girl who knows that she has the power within her that she has the power within her to change the world and knows that she needs to use that.”

“Mothers of the Revolution” will be streaming online starting this month on several platforms.


Syd is an LA-based performer, writer, Erupt moderator who can't stop talking and genuinely believes art can save the world.

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Why No One Is Truly Opposed to Dumb COVID Rules

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A staffer holds up a sign to advise fans of the mandatory mask rule in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee and Colorado Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Animals,

Let’s face it. We all work in customer service. If you sell car insurance, you better be ready to provide speedy payment to your clients when a tree falls onto their Prius.

And if you’re a doctor who wants to keep his patients, you’d better treat them with respect. That means short waiting room times and pretending that their questions (“Does this rash mean I have cancer”) aren’t as crazy as they sound.

Then there are professionals in 100% service-based industries like marketing, law, and — GASP – government. For them, customer service is arguably the most important part of the job.

In these industries, clients don’t really understand what you do for them, so appearing to be responsive, empathetic, and on-top of things is half the job.

Which brings us to Joe Biden’s COVID speech on Thursday, where he laid out his “Winter Plan” to stop COVID’s seasonal spike that happens whenever the weather gets cold.

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lurking in the background of Biden’s speech was the omicron variant, which some experts fear will bring new dangers to our shores.

The president proposed several interventions to dampen omicron and COVID’s winter spike, but if we’re being honest, his speech was really just a customer service exercise. It was President Joe Biden attempting to convince his clients – voters – that he’s responsive, empathetic, and on top of things.

As The Washington Post reported: “The president’s plan includes campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, more stringent testing for international travelers and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people.”

So basically… more of the same, plus an annoying COVID test if you travel internationally.

That doesn’t sound like much news at all.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By now, we know that COVID policies like mandatory masking and compulsory testing aren’t going to deliver great results, especially in an increasingly vaccinated America. Deep down, most of us probably agree that these policies are more about creating the appearance that our leaders are on top of things than actually yielding compelling public health benefits.

But is there another way for Joe Biden? Should he just sit in the White House and do nothing, as his critics in the Republican Party demand?

And would President Ron DeSantis or President Nikki Haley really act differently, if given the chance? Would they want to be on the hook personally for preventable death, even if it meant burdening Americans with dumb masking and testing rules that cut against their small government philosophy?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The national debate surrounding COVID boils down to risk. The president and many others believe that added COVID mandates, as onerous as they may be, are worth it because they’ll save lives. Critics see it the other way. They believe that continuing to disrupt American life is causing greater damage to the economy and the nation’s social fabric than whatever the public health benefits these mandates may hold.

Both arguments are true. And that’s why it stinks to be the president.

Joe Biden’s bully pulpit has enormous power when it comes to shaping the world’s opinion about any given issue. Unfortunately, the virus isn’t listening.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg.

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Queen Nicki Leaves No Crumbs After Hosting the RHOP Reunion| The Tea

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Plus, Kanye’s Heartbreak, Celebrity Illness shockers and Jen Shah’s legal woes just got worse.

On this episode of “The Tea” Ashley, Blake and Brie dive into celebrity illness and heartbreak. To share, or not to share, that is the question. 

Keep reading and watch the episode below for fresh takes on the latest entertainment and celebrity news shot live from the Erupt studio in Hollywood.

RIP Virgil Abloh

On Sunday November 28, the fashion and entertainment community lost designer and fashion visionary Virgil Abloh.

He was the first African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton and founded the renowned culture and streetwear brand Off-White.

Abloh kept his 2-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart, hidden from most. He was 41.

“The Tea” hosts discuss Abloh’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret like some stars including Chadwick Boseman and Robin Williams, versus stars who choose to share their battles publicly, like Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Kanye Wants His Family Back

Kanye West, who was a close friend to Virgil Abloh, took to social media over the weekend expressing his intention to bring his family back together. Saying that doing so would influence millions of other families to reconcile too.

As reported in earlier episodes of The Tea, there is speculation Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, is currently dating comedian Pete Davidson.

Could Kimye 2.0 be in our future? The Tea hosts discuss.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jen Shah’s Right-Hand Man Pleads Guilty

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah along with her personal assistant Stuart Smith were charged with fraud back in March.

Initially, Smith gave a not guilty plea but recently flipped his plea to guilty.

Shah still maintains her innocence.

(Bravo TV)

Nicki Hosts RHOP Reunion

Nicki Minaj took over Andy Cohen’s chair to host episode 4 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion and we are here for it!

Nicki didn’t hold back and asked all the questions we’ve been dying to know. On top of that, no housewife was spared. 

They all got the smoke-equally.

Could celebrity reunion hosts bring new life to the housewives’ franchise? 

The hosts discuss who we’d love to see host next.

Watch The Tea get spilled here:

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The Omicron “Scary-iant” & Football Funny Money | Political Drinking Games

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Animals,  

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has just intersected with the most wonderful time of the week. 

By that I mean, it’s time to put a little Christmas spirit into Erupt’s political drinking games. 

On offer this week: 

  • The world has a new COVID variant. Congratulations, omicron! 
  • Twitter has a new CEO. Will he be as powerful as his predecessor, Jack Dorsey? 
  • CNN cancels Chris Cuomo (“suspends”) for using his anchorman powers to help embattled brother, Andrew 
  • The USA and EU cancel South Africa in COVID panic 
  • Trump’s top advisor sets a date with Congress to snitch on the Boss 
  • The NFL and College football continue to spend ridiculous amounts of money on truly ridiculous things.  
  • The term “Happy Holidays” gets put to rest. 

AND… A VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOINS: 

Curt Mills, contributing editor at The American Conservative and also a writer for Un-Herd. We’ll see how this silk-stocking Washington, D.C., columnist holds up in our chamber of pain.  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S POLITICAL DRINKING GAMES:

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg. 

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