Originally published on Narco News
“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Indeed, in civil disobedience lies the citizen’s power to reinstate sense and sensibility in governments by bringing attention to blatant and salient injustices and to hold governments accountable for their actions.
The following story by Felicity Clarke is based on the reflections of Renny Cushing; one of the key figures in the Clamshell Alliance; a movement that fought the construction of nuclear power projects in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980. As Felicity puts it, “Cushing was effective in organising a movement that played a major role in freezing the construction of new nuclear power projects in the United States for decades. Through the use of multiple strategies, tactics and activities, most notably the mass occupation of the Seabrook power plant construction site in New Hampshire in April 1977 — in which 1,414 were arrested —and the original (and successful) demonstration on Wall Street in 1979, the anti-nuclear movement assimilated local concerns and nationwide sentiment to effect real change.”