Considering what makes an activist tick
Harvest Public Media - April 22, 2011 - By Jessica Naudziunas
Diane Wilson has dabbled in protest of British Petroleum and others for the past twenty years.
On this episode of Field Notes, I ask you to consider the activist.
From Joan of Arc to Martin Luther, these polarizing people have objected to perceived and real wrong doings throughout history. There’s no question that activism eventually spilled into the traditionally conservative world of farming and food. Contemporary activists write about their disdain, like Michael Pollan, although I wonder if he would be okay with that label, and others come right from the land itself. They abandon the farming life for one that may ask to stick up for another farmer’s land, a livelihood other than their own. ...
So, this week you’ll hear from Mary Lyn Stoll and how activism and the environment converge, and from actual activist and author Diane Wilson. Wilson is author of Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth and is now a retired fisherwoman the small shrimping town of Seadrift, Texas. I ask her why she decided to take a stand against the corporations she says took her fellow fisherman off the bay.
Bread and Roses
Mothers battle for Mother Earth: How 'ordinary' women are saving the planet Arrested more than 50 times- most recently at BP's London headquarters-- Texas mom and fisherwoman Diane Wilson shares her journey from quiet fisherwoman to unstoppable activist and her new book "Diary of an Eco-Outlaw." www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/diary_of_an_ecooutlaw And, we'll speak with Jane Swanson, a longtime California anti-nuke activist living in the fallout zone of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.She's a member of mothersforpeace.org, which has joined a coalition petitioning the NRC to halt licensing of new nuclear plants.