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WATCH: Distraught Gulf Shrimper Arrested for Pouring Oil on Herself in Senate Energy Hearing

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation Gulf Coast fisherma’am and author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, is getting national media attention for her dramatic protest at a Senate hearing featuring Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who supports opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, whose agency oversaw safety regulations for BP’s ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig.

 

 

Update: Pictures of Diane Wilson pouring oil on herself and being led away in handcuffs.

Protesting Senator Murkowski’s Refusal to Make BP Pay

Diane Wilson, a fourth generation shrimper from the Gulf, poured oil on herself at today’s Senate Energy Committee hearing to protest  Senator Lisa Murkowski’s refusal to make BP pay for the disaster that has devastated Wilson’s shrimping community.  Republican Lisa Murkowski, ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee, blocked the bill that would have lifted the oil companies’ liability cap (the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act). Wilson was removed from the hearing and arrested.

Protestor Diane Wilson
Photo: AFP

Wilson traveled from Texas, where her livelihood and those of her fellow shrimpers has been ruined. She had this to say, “My name is Diane Wilson. I am a fourth generation shrimper from the Gulf. With this BP disaster, I am seeing the destruction of my community and I am outraged. I am also seeing elected representatives like Senator Lisa Murkowski blocking BP from being legally responsible to pay for this catastrophe. She stopped the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act and wants to keep the liability cap at a pitiful $75 million. This is outrageous. How dare she side with big oil over the American people who have been so devastated by this manmade disaster.”

“We want people to call Senator Murkowski’s office and tell her to stop supporting big oil and support a healthy environment and American livelihoods instead,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, who was with Wilson at the hearing. “Our members from across the country have sent Murkowski thousands of emails already. We also want the Senator to call for Diane Wilson to be exonerated. BP CEO Tony Hayward should be in jail, not a distraught shrimper!”

Wilson has been working for decades fighting the polluting of the Gulf. She wrote the book An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas detailing her years long fight against oil and chemical companies in her community. She went on to say, “I have seen the oil and chemical companies destroying our air, water, our wildlife–and the government going along with it. Politicians like Murkowski take campaign money from big oil and then get in bed with the same oil and chemical corporations. This must stop. Enough is enough.” Read the full text of Diane’s statement here.

Wilson is also a co-founder of the organization CODEPINK Women for Peace. She was in front of BP HQ in Houston, Texas two weeks ago to protest the oil spill and draw attention to BP’s legacy of negligence. Read her most recent article, “The BP oil gusher is just the latest in a long line of assaults on the Gulf of Mexico” published on Grist.com.

In the News

Grist: The BP oil gusher is just the latest in a long line of assaults on the Gulf of Mexico
By Diane Wilson

The Hill: Salazar testimony sullied by ‘oil’ spatter
By Alexander Bolton

Spreading the Word

Last Word Books

Common Dreams

WarIsACrime.org (formerly AfterDowningStreet.org)

BuzzFlash

Radical Homemaker: An Interview with Shannon Hayes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Christine Escobar, founder and editor of GreenParentChicago.com, reviews Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture and interviews author Shannon Hayes in this article for The Huffington Post.

When you talk to people about Radical Homemaking, are they skeptical about the egalitarian nature of it? You write about an egalitarian dynamic between men and women that is one of the cornerstones of Radical Homemaking. What are your thoughts on naysayers that believe this is unrealistic given society’s entrenched views of gender roles?

Generally the naysayers aren’t directly in front of me. So far, they seem to be far removed, hapless internet bloggers who’ve read some article about the book, written by someone who hasn’t actually read the book, and are coming to conclusions about the book based on, well, as best as I can surmise, e-gossip. I think that people who come into contact with Bob and myself, or who have contact with any other true radical homemakers, or who have read the stories of the folks profiled in the book, understand that egalitarian relationships are possible. For certain, we all know of families where the balance of power is out of whack. But, I think that most American couples have come to see this as the exception, rather than the norm, unless they are committed for some reason to not believing it.

About the book:

Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.

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Slow Money National Gathering This Week—Watch Slow Money Shorts

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Slow Money is a new way of connecting investors to local food systems, catalyzing new forms of social investing and philanthropy for the 21st century.

This week (June 9–11), farmers, investors, authors, chefs, entrepreneurs, and people from all over the country interested in the slow food and slow money movements will gather at Shelburne Farms on Lake Champlain in Vermont to contribute to and explore the burgeoning nurture capital industry. Learn more at SlowMoneyAlliance.org.

Click here for a detailed agenda.

Download a PDF of the Slow Money National Gathering poster.

About the book: Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture. Theirs is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations and serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets.

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WATCH: Not One Drop Author Riki Ott on Rachel Maddow Show

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Marine toxicologist Riki Ott appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show to talk about the health effects of the toxic crude spill in the Gulf Coast and the harmful chemical dispersants that are being used to try to get it under control.

Doctor Ott is cofounder of “Move to Amend,” a group with more than 77,000 members dedicated to passing a constitutional amendment calling for the separation of corporation and state.

About the book: Author Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist, describes firsthand the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises when the Exxon Valdez spills most of its cargo and despoils thousands of miles of shore. Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry’s 20-year trail of pollution and deception that predated the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community of Cordova over the following 19 years. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the sound’s wildlife and its long road to recovery.

Watch the clip from Rachel Maddow (originally posted by FireDogLake):

Read Real People v. Corporate “People”: The Fight Is On from Yes! magazine.

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DIY U: A Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Monday, June 7th, 2010

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education by Anya Kamenetz received a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

* DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education
Anya Kamenetz. Chelsea Green, $14.95 (208p) ISBN 9781603582346
Kamenetz, author of the alarming personal finance expose Generation Debt, drops another bombshell on the emerging cohort of young Americans, this time regarding higher education. While she mounts a standard (though illuminating) attack on spiraling tuition and the bottomless pit of student loans, Kamenetz also questions the fundamental assumptions of modern American education culture: the twin, contradictory ideas that college must be universally accessible, and that the smallest accepted denomination of educational currency is a bachelor’s degree from a four-year, liberal arts institution. Kamenetz explores those ideas’ fallacies as they play out daily in American classrooms, as well as students’ myriad alternatives, from community colleges to online learning collectives. In great detail, Kamenetz explains the flawed economic models that underpin higher education, the faulty premises they maintain and the government’s failures to address them. Kamenetz’s approach is methodical and balanced, showcasing extensive research and thoughtfulness, while acknowledging one of the chief problems with reform: no one wants to experiment on their own child. This volume merits consideration from high school students and their parents, as well as educators preparing a generation for uncertain job prospects, an information economy still in its infancy, and the steady erosion of geographical barriers. (Apr.)

About the book: The future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and free and open-source educational models. Increasingly, you will decide what, when, where, and with whom you want to learn, and you will learn by doing. The university is the cathedral of modernity and rationality, and with our whole civilization in crisis, we are poised on the brink of a new Reformation.

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Matthew Stein: The Perfect Storm: Six Trends Converging on Collapse

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Matthew Stein (When Technology Fails, Revised and Expanded: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) recently appeared on Supreme Master TV to explain the six factors that, unaddressed, could lead to global collapse.

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About the book: There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.

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Diane Wilson: BP Catastrophe Is a Soul-Killing, Nail-in-the-Coffin Apocalypse with No End in Sight

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Author Diane Wilson (An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas) calls the BP catastrophe a “soul-killing, nail-in-the-coffin apocalypse with no end in sight” in this interview for On the Green Front with Betsy Rosenberg.

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About the book: When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast.

Learn more about An Unreasonable Woman in our bookstore.

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“Slow Money” Cofounder Woody Tasch on Edible Radio

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Woody Tasch, cofounder of the Slow Money Alliance and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, talked with Edible Radio host Kate Manchester about the Alliance’s mission to help build local food systems by merging philanthropy with investing.

Listen Now

About the Book: Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture. Theirs is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations and serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets.

Learn more about Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money in our bookstore.

Buy it on Amazon.com.

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WATCH: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Talks to Riki Ott: Oil Spill Cleanup Crews Feeling Sick

Friday, June 4th, 2010

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to a sick Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup worker and gets expert opinion from Exxon Valdez oil spill veteran Riki Ott (Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill) in this clip from Anderson Cooper 360.

In her book, Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist, describes firsthand the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises when the Exxon Valdez spills most of its cargo and despoils thousands of miles of shore. Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry’s 20-year trail of pollution and deception that predated the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community of Cordova over the following 19 years. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the sound’s wildlife and its long road to recovery.

WATCH: Kuttner: Obama Must Step Up and Show Leadership on Oil Spill

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

A Presidency in Peril is a hard-hitting, incisive account of how the Obama administration not only missed its moment to turn our economy around—but deepened Wall Street’s risky grip on America’s future. Carefully constructing a one-year history of the problem, the players, and the outcome, Robert Kuttner gives readers an unparalleled account of the president’s first year.

In this video from CNBC’s Squawk Box, Kuttner compares BP’s oil spill in the Gulf to the financial malfeasance by Wall Street that led to the economic collapse of 2008 and calls for bolder leadership from President Obama.


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