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Women's History Month:  Diary of an Eco-Outlaw

By Illinois Valley Community College | Mar 18, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
C-316 (IVCC Main Campus)
12:00-1:15 PM and 2:00-3:15 PM
Brown Bag Lunch:
Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth

Diane Wilson is an eco-warrior in action. Winner of numerous awards, including a National Fisherman Magazine Award, Mother Jones's Hell Raiser of the Month, Louis Gibbs' Environmental Lifetime Award, Louisiana Environmental Action (LEAN) Environmental Award, Giraffe Project, Jenifer Altman Award, Blue Planet Award, and the Bioneers Award, Wilson comes from a family of professional shrimpers. Beginning in the business at eight, by 24 she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country. She set up a meeting in the town hall to discuss what the chemical plants were doing to the bays and thus began her life as an environmental activist. Threatened by thugs and despised by her neighbors, Wilson insisted that the truth be told and that Formosa Plastics stop dumping toxins into the bay. Since then, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and countless hunger strikes to raise awareness for environmental and human rights abuses, in addition to establishing CODEPINK, the Texas Jail Project, Texas Injured Workers, and Injured Workers National Network. She is the author Diary of an Eco Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth and An Unreasonable Woman, books that she will be discussing and signing after her second presentation.