I Got Arrested for Spilling Oil on Myself Today in Protest of BP
I am a fourth-generation shrimper from the Gulf of Mexico and today I was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for pouring oil on myself at a Senate Energy Committee, while protesting Senator Lisa Murkowski’s refusal to make BP pay for the disaster that has devastating my shrimping community.
I took this step after seeing the destruction of my community. I am outraged that representatives like Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are protecting BP from being legally responsible to pay for this catastrophe. Sen Murkowski 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?
Over the decades 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 companies. This must stop. Our livelihoods, the health of our coasts and our childrens’ futures are at stake. Enough is enough.
Imagine that. BP can get away with pouring millions of gallons of oil in our seas and still end up with billions in federal contracts while throwing pennies at the cleanup, and I get arrested for dumping oil on myself in protest. I hope you find it as appalling and unacceptable as I do.
Please put pressure on Senator Murkowski by signing this letter telling her that protecting BP was plain wrong.
Now, if you can, please call her DC office at (202)-224-6665 and give her hell. Here’s a sample call-in script:
“Hi, my name is _______ and I am from _______. Senator Lisa Murkowski stopped the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act and wants to keep the liability cap at a pitiful $75 million. This is outrageous. Senator Murkowski, shame on you. You must stand with the shrimpers, the community, the wildlife, the earth, not big oil. Thank you."
Lets make sure we spill the truth.
Diane Wilson, founding member of CODEPINK, is author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas. 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