Remembrance Is Not Enough
Thalia Campbell made this banner as a reminder that there are things that we can to do if we want to build a more peaceful world. Thalia has been active in the peace movement throughout her life and has used banners as a way to campaign and spread a message. In the 1980s, before the internet existed, Thalia said that campaigners had to use banners, postcards, posters and word of mouth to get across their message.
This banner was made in Autumn 1981 soon after the women arrived at the United States Air Force (USAF) Base at Greenham Common to protest against missiles that were being sited there. The poppies are red to show that the women who were protesting shared and respected Remembrance, but there are also other colours (of the Cooperative and Green movements) to show that more is needed to build to a better world.
Thalia’s banners have been displayed during anti-nuclear protests at Greenham Common Womens Peace Camp in the 1980s, during the 1984 Miners’ Strike, the Poll Tax Riots of 1990, in town halls, in places of worship and many other places. Her banners have travelled extensively in the United Kingdom and have even been overseas to Europe and the United States of America.
“I don’t think there’ll ever be a time when you don’t need banners despite all this modern technology. They are like your standard – they show who you are and that you’re proud and I think that we’ll always sort of need that.” – Thalia Campbell
You can view many of Thalia’s campaign banners at: http://www.birdchildsandgoldsmith.com/acatalog/Thalia_Campbell.html