Activist for environmental, social justice to speak at UNT for Women's History Month

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What: Diane Wilson, a native of Calhoun County Texas and co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace, will speak about the organization and her past and current fights for environmental and social justice as part of the University of North Texas' observation of Women's History Month.

When: 7 p.m. March 29 (Tuesday)

Where: Golden Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1155 Union Circle)

Cost: Free

Contact: UNT Women's Studies program at 940-565-2098

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In 1989, Diane Wilson, the fourth generation in her family to work in the shrimping industry, learned that Calhoun County, Texas, her home, was the most polluted county in the U.S. Wilson responded by setting up a town hall meeting to educate others on the impact of the chemical plants in the county.

Wilson will discuss how her efforts in Calhoun County became the catalyst for her career not only as an environmental activist, but also as an activist for peace and social justice, at the University of North Texas March 29 (Tuesday). Her free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Suite of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. The event is being sponsored by UNT's Women's Studies Program, Peace Studies Program and the Office of Sustainability as part of the university's observance of Women's History Month in March.

The author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, Wilson joined with several other women in 2002 to begin Code Pink: Women for Peace, a grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and redirect the U.S. government's resources into healthcare, education and environmentally sustainable jobs.

Her work resulted in her receiving many awards, including the Highliner Award from National Fisherman magazine, the Hellraiser of the Month Award from Mother Jones magazine and the Environmental Award from Louisiana Environmental Action. Wilson was  named a Giraffe Hero by the Giraffe Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that honors risk takers who were largely unknown before they began fighting for the common good.

Wilson will sign copies of her book after her lecture. For more information, contact the UNT Women's Studies program office at 940-565-2098.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108