At its business meeting on Sunday, November 13, Putney Friends Meeting approved the following minute on closing Vermont Yankee and asked our Social Justice and Peace committee to contact Kendra Ulrich of Safe and Green about setting up a meeting at the Meeting House for for exploring the creation of a PFM Affinity Group as part of the regional nonviolent direct action movement working to close VY by the State of Vermont’s deadline of March 21, 2012. The minute reads:
As members of the Religious Society of Friends, we believe we are called to be good stewards of the earth.
Whether through weaponization, accident or mismanagement, the destruction of life and the degradation of nature has been, and continues to be, an ongoing consequence of the use of nuclear technology.
As a result of these concerns, Putney Friends Meeting firmly supports the Vermont state government’s efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by March 21, 2012. We call on all our members and attenders to consider joining the citizen’s movement working to enforce the people’s will on this matter, up to and including nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.
We are made to be an integral part of this wondrous Creation. Let us choose now to take up our stewardship commitment, fully accepting our responsibilities to care for our planet and its peoples. Let us choose now to join with other Friends, and all people of good will and understanding, to move forward through worship and through witness to accomplish our goals.