Helen John served as vice-chair of CND from 2001 until 2004. In September 1981, she had marched from Cardiff to Greenham Common and became one of the founders of the famous women’s peace camp there. She went on to set up another women’s peace camp – Womenwith Hill in North Yorkshire.

Helen supported direct action and was arrested several times. She stood for election as an independent against Tony Blair in 2001 and 2005, but missed the count on both occasions as she was in prison for protest-related charges.

One of her final direct action campaigns was an anti-drones protest at RAF Waddington in 2013.

What is 60 faces of CND?
2018 is the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons.

CND’s greatest strength has always been its members.
Incredible people have shaped our history,
our present and will continue to inspire in the future.

Here we take a look at 60 Faces of CND,
60 people who represent all the millions of people
who have campaigned for nuclear disarmament over the decades
and have made our organisation so remarkable.

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