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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 socialist feminist, internationalist, investigative journalist and peace & justice activist/organizer.
(39 comments) SHARE Friday, February 8, 2019 A Response to Sen. Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Nuclear power has a large carbon footprint
Nuclear Power's Carbon Footprint
If you consider nuclear power zero carbon, you are looking only at the direct emissions of the plant. RadiationTruth tells us very clearly that nuclear's carbon footprint is second after fossil fuels because of, e.g., mining uranium or thorium ore, from which nuclear fuel is made; milling; conversion; enrichment; nuclear power plant construction; waste storage; monitoring waste forever;
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Georgia And Texas On My Mind
Moreover, "The Voting Machines In The [Emmy nominated] Feature Film 'HACKING DEMOCRACY' Counted America's Votes In The November 2016 Elections," the film website starkly reminds us. These voting machines will again be used to count our votes on November 6, 2018, in the upcoming midterms.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 5, 2018 Dear Senator Collins, I am a nice Jewish woman sending you a Hail Mary pass.
I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so,'" Kavanaugh wrote after reviewing a draft of what was intended to be an op-ed in favor of a judicial nominee.
SHARE Friday, October 5, 2018 Dear Senators Murkowski, Manchin, and Flake
If any red-state Democrat is still thinking of voting for him [Kavanaugh] after these very credible sexual-assault allegations, they should expect an intense voter backlash from women and progressives.
SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Voting and Hand Counting Ballots Can Bring Us Gun Control, No B.S. [Thank you Emma Gonzalez]
I am very excited that the Parkland youth and all your allies are taking on the issue of voting. Thanks to you, I am imagining hundreds of thousands of youth from across the country counting all our paper ballots by hand".Parkland youth and all your allies, we the people need you to call for and demand that you yourselves hand count the paper ballots (HCPB) to ensure honest elections. Insisting on transparent HCPB elections wi
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 11, 2018 Dear MA officials - what about our children, grandchildren and nuclear power?
Would any of you want to be the person who must tell parents that their child has leukemia or another form of cancer?
Do you tell your children and grandchildren that radioactive waste lasts hundreds of thousands of years, even millions of years and there is no place to store it. Is that the legacy you want to leave to our children, grandchildren, their children and more than seven generations out into eternity?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2018 Dear Governor Baker, why do you give your moral authority over to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission?
Please, let us listen to what you think about Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station rather than giving away all your moral power to the NRC. Please, let us talk with you, face-to-face, about what we think about nuclear power and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Please, let us collaborate on this crucially important issue to all of us. I am borrowing a hashtag from another group I am involved with
#TimesUp CLOSE PILGRIM NOW
SHARE Sunday, December 10, 2017 Dear Doug Jones, all our rights depend on our right to vote and have our vote counted as cast
Hope you win /w lanslide. I try very hard not 2 do worst case scenarios. So I will mention this briefly. If it comes to your losing in such a close election, do not concede, please. It could be a chapter. Kerry did not learn from Gore. Did we get anything good with both of their concessions? Demand a recount. A hand-counted paper ballot recount, publicly observed and w/ security of chain of custody ballots and memory cards.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 28, 2017 What could you have been thinking of, Nuclear Regulatory Commission?
To the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
What could you be thinking of in transporting high level radioactive waste, the most toxic substance in the universe, across many miles in many states?
What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in low income communities? This is not environmental justice,in fact - just the opposite. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, March 10, 2017 Remembering 6th Anniversary of Fukushima March.11.2017
Kimberly Roberson, speaking as a parent and an activist/organizer does not mince her words. They are heart, mind and soul piercing. She is in our faces about the horrific dangers of nuclear power - especially for our babies and children. "Startling clear to me: radioactive fallout from nuclear power and food do not mix, and children are especially at risk"
SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2016 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.
SHARE 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
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 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, 4563 views)
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, May 13, 2016 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, 4563 views)
(26 comments) SHARE Friday, March 20, 2015 Pilgrim's Nuclear Power Keeps on Giving: Cancer
Do we want to leave this legacy of leukemia and cancer to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and their children -- more than seven generations out and into eternity?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 17, 2015 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
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 5, 2014 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 10, 2014 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2013 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,
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 23, 2013 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.