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Sheila Parks, Ed.D., is a former college professor. She had a spiritual awakening many years ago and left her career to do peace and justice work full time. She is the founder of the grassroots group On Behalf of Planet Earth (found on FB). The group vigiled at the Japanese Consulate/Boston in 2014, standing in solidarity with the people of Japan about the tragic and disastrous meltdown of nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, The group now focuses on closing all nuclear power plants now. We are also focusing now on boycotting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The entire country of Japan is radiated and is not a place where we should be sending our young athletes or anyone else. Nuclear power plants are crimes against humanity, all living creatures, and our beautiful and so troubled planet Earth. They leave radioactive waste that lasts hundreds of thousands and even millions of years. They cause leukemia and other cancers. We stand in solidarity with all our sisters and brothers working to keep all fossil fuels in the ground, stop fracking, close all pipelines, halt the construction of new pipelines - that includes all the corporations that do this work for the oil and gas industries.
She spent many years in the struggle against nuclear weapons with the Catholic Left. Many of those years involved lots of non-violent civil disobedience against nuclear weapons and other evils of the USA society. She spent a year in prison for a Plowshares action against first strike nuclear weapons, Trident II.
Defending the abortion clinics with her body for many years was a part of her feminist activities.
Parks spent 13 years working for voting rights, against all electronic voting machines and for the solution of hand-counted paper ballots. She is the author of a book, published September 6, 2012: "WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME: The Perils of Electronic Voting Machines and Democracy's Solution: Publicly Observed, Secure Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB)Elections" and the Founder of the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots. She lives in Watertown, MA, and is an ardent feminist, internationalist, investigative journalist and peace & justice activist/organizer.
Dear All Our Governors - I Am Asking Your Help to Save Planet Earth Now
All governors of all states, especially you in the CoaIition, I am asking you to call for clean energy now AND for acting now for: the immediate closing of all nuclear power plants in your state and the country and leaving all fossil fuels in the ground - which includes stopping all fracking in your state, closing all pipelines in your state, and the permanent halting of all pipeline construction in your state.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
I Submitted This Plank to the Democratic Party Drafting Committee: Close All Nuclear Power Plants Now
Purpose of paper to urge including plank in Democratic Party Platform: close all nuclear power plants now, not to build any new ones, not to allocate money in bills for research for new nuclear technology, new kinds of "safer" nuclear power plants, once and for all acknowledge that nuclear power is not clean green renewable. To exclude such a plank puts Democratic Party on the side of the nuke industry & against We The People
Friday, May 13, 2016(3 comments)
Dear Hillary, your nuclear power plan is unacceptable - here's why
Nuclear power plants are never safe; cannot prevent/fix disasters at npp: 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. Nuclear plant catastrophe will surely happen. No way know where/when. Nobody wants radioactive waste in their yards. You must not, know you do not want, to leave this legacy of leukemia/other cancers to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their children, more than 7 generations out into eternity. Series: Nuclear Power - Hillary Plans and Bernie Plans (2 Articles, 3681 views)
Friday, May 13, 2016(17 comments)
Dear Bernie, your nuclear power plan is unacceptable - here's why
Your nuclear power moratorium will allow npp's to continue to operate 38 years (1 npp), 32 years (1), 30 years (3), 29 years (4), 28 years (3), 27 years (1) 26 years (5), 25 years (2) 24 years (2), 23 years (2), 21 years (3) and so on - beginning to count from 2017, when you would be President, if elected. Twenty-seven npp's will be open for many years once your moratorium is in place, some as long as three decades. Series: Nuclear Power - Hillary Plans and Bernie Plans (2 Articles, 3681 views)
Listen Shinzo Abe: Do You Hear the Cries of the Children?
I would have thought that you Shinzo Abe, who is the government of Japan, would care about all the children of the world and would be very concerned that so many of our world's children would get cancer from radiation from Fukushima. I know you yourself do not have children. But I wonder if you have ever seen a child suffer day after day after day and ultimately die from cancer? You are perpetrating this horror on the world
Sunday, October 5, 2014(14 comments)
Fukushima, Miso Soup and Me
We can never be too careful when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families. There are no safe foods any longer. Only safer foods. One of the hardest things I did right after Fukushima was to give up my beloved miso soup. I had been eating miso soup daily for many decades. And I thought to myself, I am probably never going to be able to eat it again. And for me, now, three-plus years later, that remains true.
Saturday, May 10, 2014(2 comments)
Open Letter to Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
We will tell our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all the children of the world that we did everything we could possibly do to have no nuclear power plants become a reality on this planet.
Sunday, December 15, 2013(8 comments)
The Pacific Ocean Does Not Belong to Japan: It Belongs to All of Us
Since radiation in ocean from Fukushima flows way beyond territorial waters of Japan, why are nations of world allowing Japan and TEPCO to have total control over what happens? We must all have a say about Fukushima and radiated water flowing into our one ocean. Can people of world find a way to take control away from Japan and TEPCO legally now and have an independent international team of experts give their brains, hearts,
Thursday, May 23, 2013(4 comments)
SCANDAL ABC: Defiance Is Not Dead and What About the Voting Rights Act?
Even Olivia finally says, "The things we did to get you [Fitz] here. We went too far." I'll say! The same is true in the real life backstory because it is impossible that those in power do not know what voting rights activists, including myself, and computer scientists have been writing about election rigging since the presidential election of 2000 in Florida.
SCANDAL ABC: Defiance, Ohio - Is It On or Off the Table?
Internet hackings in six banks in 2012 -- Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and PNC -- should send shivers down everyone's spine. Internet hackings have also been reported at Living Social, Google, Lockheed Martin, Visa, Sony, Nasdaq, Charles Schwab, MasterCard, CIA, FBI, The Pentagon, Symantec, Adobe, Yahoo, and the AP twitter account.We must work and organize against internet voting.
Monday, April 29, 2013
SCANDAL ABC: Huck - Torturer on the Outside, Tortured on the Inside
But the USA does not torture people. Or does it? The April 16, 2013 bi-partisan report on torture in the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations by The Constitution Project [full report] says yes. Memo in Support of Finding #1 gives a detailed report of torture and CID [cruel, inhuman or degrading] techniques. Memo in Support of Finding #2 has more details.Here is a list of "enhanced" techniques that the Bush administration
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SCANDAL ABC: Defiance, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts
Fitz was living in Boston when his father came through and arranged for him to meet Mellie. It seems to me that it is no accident that of all the cities in the world, Scandal has Fitz living in Boston, nudging us to think about John Kerry.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013(3 comments)
SCANDAL ABC: Democracy Continues to Die
As is true for everything else in Scandal, I trust that in portrayal of characters there are many layers folding, unfolding and re-folding in again, and each person in cast is most likely a conglomerate of several people, some real,some fictionalized. However, having said that, for some characters, certain real life people come to mind. Here are some people who could have served as some of the inspiration for the characters
Monday, March 25, 2013(8 comments)
SCANDAL ABC: Yes, Cyrus, Olivia's Vagina Is Political
As for Olivia saying she is "apolitical," I don't think so. She voted to rig the election for Fitz because she thought he would be the better president. She liked what he would do for the country. Sounds political to me. Certainly her vagina was also part of that decision! So in answer to your question, Cyrus, Olivia's vagina is political. For a definitive answer, best to ask Olivia again - although she has already said
Tuesday, February 26, 2013(4 comments)
SCANDAL ABC: A Pile of Truth for David Rosen and James Novak
Of cabal of 5 who had election rigged in Ohio, Verna has been murdered by Fitz. Do we have 4 more to be murdered? Or will they depart by suicide? Or live & tell the truth? Mellie is cozying up to Fitz. She is knifing Cyrus in the back, and he got a good one into her finally. Olivia stays down, way way down. Wait until she finds out Fitz has had her apartment bugged and so she is under surveillance by at least newcomer Jake
Tuesday, February 19, 2013(2 comments)
Scandal ABC - Defiance Lives: Secrets and Betrayals
I like David and love the role he is playing. I also cannot help but wonder, however, why with such a diverse and interesting cast, there is still a straight white man playing the hero here, the one who is going to help save the world by exposing the rigged election -- as is usually the case on TV, radio, film and everywhere else.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013(5 comments)
Healing the Wounds: An Activist's Notes for a Scandal Episode
Alika, while appreciating Olivia's honesty and courage in making her confession, is not sure her sponsee sees the big picture. She wonders if Olivia understands that by rigging the election, she played a big role in causing more years of climate change. Finally, Alika says to Olivia, gravely but gently, "Do you understand that the climate crisis is one of the most dire consequences of the rigging of the 2000 Florida electio
Tuesday, February 5, 2013(1 comments)
For Crime of Century Scandal ABC Needs an Activist in the Writing Room
"I have reason to believe that you were part of this conspiracy... and you had co-conspirators, possibly ones at the highest reaches of the White House"I will be talking with these individuals, looking to make a deal in exchange for their cooperation in revealing the details of this scheme to rig the election and subvert the will of the American people."
Thursday, January 24, 2013(2 comments)
Election Rigging Plotted on ABC's Scandal: The Real Life Backstory
In a flashback scene on last Thursday night's (1/17/2013) episode of ABC's searing political drama Scandal, a cabal of five voted to rig the upcoming presidential election to ensure that their man "Fitz" won. The personal agendas of four of them were revealed to viewers. Ultimately, Hollis - the gang leader - made a call to a computer wiz he knew and told him "It's a go!"
Wednesday, December 19, 2012(5 comments)
Story Notes For Television Producer Shonda Rhimes
I love the connection between "Doyle Energy," the fictional oil company owned by character Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) and "Cytron," a fictional Internet security company that also secretly develops software unofficially used for electronic voting machines. To get a pipeline through the country, Hollis rigs the election and also causes the explosion at Cytron that kills seven people.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012(69 comments)
Your Vote Got Counted. Here's Why
I believe that my side -- your side, the women's side -- won in part because voting rights activists were vigilant. They kept Americans watching, to make sure to document irregularities at the polls.
As the result of a fair election, women now have a far better opportunity to lead and influence. More glass ceilings were shattered, although we still await total demolition.
Saturday, November 3, 2012(1 comments)
Will Your Vote Even Get Counted?
Since most of us will be voting on highly riggable electronic voting machines, the election of these anti-women Republican candidates is greatly enhanced. The Republican War on Women and the war on our ballots are inextricably entwined. There is no way to know if our votes will be counted as cast on these electronic voting machines.
Hacking the recalls: Why we must have hand-counted paper ballots and citizen exit polls.
Chances are,you either think we are nuts or you are already upset with the dismal state of elections in WI, if not the country. Either way, we hope this article will change your view of both the security of the elections and the ability of ordinary citizens like you to improve that security.our appallingly compromised election procedures in this state are simply incapable of detecting or preventing election fraud, due to
Thursday, June 23, 2011
WISCONSIN: DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
I am writing to tell you not only how much I respect and admire you,but also how very concerned I am about the recalls, scheduled as of this writing to start on 7/12.They are to be done on the same electronic voting machines that could have rigged the elections in the first place as well as the Supreme Court recount.Keep on resisting,doing non-violent civil disobedience,dissenting, protesting,standing up to Walker&his cronies.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011(3 comments)
Down the Rabbit Hole With Democracy and Three Urgent Pleas
"When our children and grandchildren ask me what I am doing in this crucial time to stop our government from murdering people at home and abroad, I want to be able to tell them that I am doing everything I possibly can to get democracy in this country for all the people, for the first time ever, and to end these brutal behaviors everywhere. Don't you?"
Wednesday, November 19, 2008(2 comments)
So, YES, Cheney et al deserve to be indicted now for the murder here at home of so many, not only for their immoral wars in Iraq and all over the planet. The war at home on people of color in our holding cells, jails, and prisons and death penalty is no less important than that war everywhere else.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
SORT AND STACK ELECTIONS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
This articles discusses sort and stack elections in New Hampshire (NH), including real time observations of two sort and stack elections in NH. It also compares the sort and stack method of hand-counting paper ballots (HCPB) with the read and tally method of (HCPB).
New Yorkers: Don't buy new machines and dump the old!
The right to vote,as well as the principle of "one person, one vote," are cornerstones of our democracy...Equally fundamental is the assurance that each voter knows that her or his vote counts and is counted as intended.At this time in our history,many have lost confidence in our voting system. This confidence must be restored.