Civil resistance at Yankee
I am writing to thank the Shut it Down affinity group members who just concluded a week-long series of gate-blocking presences at Vermont Yankee to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Your actions are a true commemoration of this important document of the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr. called for “civil resistance in the face of injustice.” For the past five days you were at that gates of Vermont Yankee warning of the dangers of spent fuel rods, the ongoing catastrophe of Fukushima and the unsettling assessment by former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief Gregory Jaczko.
Readers may ask, “Why civil resistance?” In his letter, Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently points out that “it (civil resistance) seeks to dramatize the issue so that it no longer can be ignored.” Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping the dangers of Vermont Yankee in the forefront of our minds as we make better energy choices.
MLK goes on to remind us that “we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure.” The week-long series of actions shows your great rootedness and determination that will inspire others.
Martin Luther King Jr. lamented in his letter that when it came to standing up to injustice, the people of the church that he was responding to were “more cautious than courageous” and “more devoted to order than justice.”
Thank you for not being the type of people that MLK lamented. Thank you for being at the gates of Vermont Yankee daily last week and as you stated, “in the spirit of nonviolence and imminent warning to shut down Vermont Yankee because of Entergy’s corporate greed at the expense of all living things.”