Friday, January 18, 2008

Letter: Democracy worked at Riberia landfill meeting

Letter: Democracy worked at Riberia landfill meeting

Peg McIntire -- Member of People for Peace & Justice
Director of Grandparents for Peace -- St. Augustine
Publication Date: 01/18/08

Editor: The spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was alive and well at the recent meeting to protest a landfill on Riberia Street. Ed Slavin termed it "environmental racism."

St. Paul's A.M.E. Church was "standing room only."

The issue has been covered in the press at previous meetings and on several occasions. But I found this last meeting more intense and more constructive.

At least a dozen concerned St. Augustine citizens, not only the residents of Lincolnville, spoke intelligently and passionately, demanding that the city of St. Augustine "do the right thing"... cancel the planned project (presently at a standstill). It was exciting to see democracy at work. It was inspiring to close the evening singing "We Shall Overcome."

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