Interview Questions for Diane Wilson
To schedule an interview with Diane Wilson, please contact Jon-Mikel Gates.
1. Were you born and raised in Seadrift, Texas?
2. You grew up in a family of shrimpers?
3. What made you take on the chemical companies?
4. When you began your fight against Formosa Plastics, did you know what you were up against? What did you expect?
5. What did you discover about the pollution of the bays you were fishing?
6. How did this pollution affect your neighbors in Seadrift and Calhoun County? Have there been health risks? How has it affected you? Your family?
7. What drew the chemical companies to the bay?
8. What was the state of commercial fishing and shrimping in Seadrift at the time you began your campaign to clean up the waterways? How has the situation changed since?
9. Did your opponents really threaten you? Was there a time when their threats were so heavy-handed you were ready to give up?
10. You spent a lot of time talking to politicians and government officials. What did you learn about “how the system works”?
11. Throughout your book, you are fighting a lonely battle. Where did you find the strength to push on?
12. Tell me about the experience of writing this book. Had you ever written anything before? Did you keep notes as events were unfolding?
13. Your book reads like a movie script. Is it optioned?
14. What are you doing today to continue to clean up the bays around your home and hold polluters accountable?
15. What is the hardest thing about your life as an activist? What sacrifices have you had to make?
16. I know you have traveled to Taiwan. Can you tell us how that trip came about and describe your experience and what you saw there?
17. Was there ever a time when you questioned your motives and your actions? How has your family reacted to your activism?
18. In recent years your activism has gone beyond environmental concerns to include protests against the war in Iraq. What spurred you to become a peace activist? Do you see overlap between your work for zero discharge and your peace activism?
19. Is there a future for the commercial shrimper?
20. This book is full of anti-male statements. You write: “The first bad thing about working with two men is that they are two men.” Why do you have that view?
21. Is there a special power in women activists? Why?
22. What made you go on your first hunger strike? How many strikes have you done? Do they work?
23. You have five kids. How old are they? How old were they when you began your battle? What do the kids think about your activism?
24. What do you see as your greatest accomplishment?
25. What is your greatest hope for the future?