Diane Wilson, who led the effort to stop to the egregious pollution being dumped into the waters near her Seadrift, Texas home, and which endangered the livelihood of local shrimpers, is one of several dozen leading environmentalists and activists featured in Leonard DiCaprio’s new movie, The 11th Hour. Wilson, whose book Unreasonable Woman documents this fight to save the bay, is also a founder of CODE-PINK.
During her fight with some of the largest multinational companies in the world, she took on about every powerful local, county, state, and federal agency through a mix of hunger strikes, legal action, and other direct action. She encountered scorn, bribery, and death threats in her fight to seek justice and the truth.
DiCaprio’s movie, which is seen as taking over where Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth left off, opened Friday in LA and NYC, with more theaters to be added in the coming weeks.
For more information about the film read these articles:
Don Hazen offers an excellent overview of the film, and its politics on AlterNet.
Kelpie Wilson, of Truthout, also has an interview with Nadia Conners, a co-producer of the film.