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An earlier version of this paper appeared in the WATERTOWN TAB, page B2, Friday, May 9, 2014.


Sheila Parks reading her open letter to Prime Minister Abe of Japan.
(image by Skip Schiel)


For the third anniversary of Fukushima, March 11, 2014, this is an open letter to Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the Japanese Consul General of Boston, Akira Muto.

I read this letter out loud and via mic check at the special vigil On Behalf of Planet Earth held on March 13th, 2014 at the Japanese Consulate/Boston to remember the 3rd anniversary of Fukushima. On Behalf of Planet Earth has been vigiling weekly at the Japanese Consulate/Boston since October 2014. We stand in solidarity with the people of Japan, who asked that people worldwide do so.


At the vigil to remember 3rd anniversary Fukushima.
(image by Skip Schiel)


Several of us from the weekly vigil wrote letters from our hearts to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and to Consul General of Boston Akira Muto. After our vigil, two of us then met with a representative of the Consul General in the lobby of the building where the Consulate is located and where we vigil. She came downstairs to receive our letters with a colleague of hers. Others stayed vigiling outside, facing us, while we talked with and gave our letters to the aide. We gave them to her in two folders - one for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and one for Consul General of Boston Akira Muto. We put lots and lots and lots of tiny multi colored peace cranes in each folder.

On March 14th, the woman we work with at the Consulate emailed me that "Our Consulate General Muto read them [our letters] and I transferred all the letters to the head office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, [in Japan] already."

This is my letter from my heart.

March 13, 2014

His Excellency, Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe
Consul General Akira Muto

Greetings Your Excellency Prime Minister Abe and Mr. Muto:

I write knowing that we must not stand idly by.
I write knowing that we will not stand idly by.
I write with my heart running over with grief.
I write with my eyes brimming over with tears.
I have cried oceans about Fukushima.
Sleepless nights because of Fukushima.

What will we tell our children?

How will we look in the mirror?
What will we tell ourselves?

I write with my heart aching for the children of the world who will get cancer from Fukushima.
I write with my heart aching for the people of Japan suffering immeasurably from Fukushima.
I write with my heart aching for the whole world, for all of us suffering immeasurably from Fukushima.

I wonder what will it take to close down all the nuclear power plants all over the world?
I wonder what will it take to say we are sorry that we ever built them?
I wonder what will it take to stop the lies?
I wonder what will it take to stop the madness?
I wonder who will do it?

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Sheila Parks, Ed.D.,is now working to stop Fukushima and to shut down all nuclear power plants, all of which are crimes against humanity. She spent many years in the struggle against nuclear weapons with the Catholic Left. Many of those years (more...)
 
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Sheila, wow! I did not know you were doing this, ... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:32:20 PM
Kim, thank you so much. Your meditating at that t... by Sheila Parks on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:34:50 PM