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Diary of An Eco-Outlaw: Taking on the Corporate Polluters, Jail Be Damned

Diane Wilson recounts her confrontation with BP exec Tony Hayward.

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For that I got two charges: resisting arrest and unlawful conduct. That made three charges and for that I got sent to Central Block. The farther I got from the Capitol and the closer to Central Block the meaner it got. Nobody in Central Block gave a dang that you were fighting for the Gulf. It was just better to shut your mouth in Central Block. I had lots of company in Central Block, mostly young black women, and everyone was mad about something.

I spent one day and one night in Central Block and then was spewed into a courtroom in the District Court of Columbia where a judge told me to show up for court in one month. If I failed to show I'd have a warrant issued for my arrest and be given 180 days in jail. And that was just for starters.

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Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, is the author of "An Unreasonable Woman," "Holy Roller" and most recently, "Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth," from Chelsea Green.

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