On April 7th, 2021, Fourth-generation shrimper, activist, and author Diane Wilson began a hunger strike at the waterfront of Lavaca Bay - to demand that the Biden Administration stop the dredging of the mercury-contaminated Matagorda Ship Channel and ban crude oil exports. The proposed dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel - to enable oil company Max Midstream to export crude oil fracked from the Eagle Ford Shale & Permian Basin - would unearth potentially catastrophic mercury contamination from a Superfund site in Lavaca Bay, devastating fisheries that local communities are working to restore and revitalize. The project would sacrifice both community and climate to create profit for a few oil companies.
Join Diane and allies on Wednesday, May 12th @12pm CST for a rally to demand the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Biden Administration #StopTheDredging and #StopOilExports! Hear from Diane and other speakers about the threat dredging the Matagorda Ship Channel poses to Lavaca Bay and the fisherfolk who depend on it, and the impacts of extraction and exporting fossil fuels on our planet.
The rally will be in Galveston, TX along the Seawall by the historical marker at 2107 Seawall Blvd. The location is on the sidewalk and should be accessible to wheelchairs. Please wear a mask to the event! Physical distancing will be enforced as much as possible.
If you are unable to take action in person, you can advocate with the Social Media Toolkit and by signing our letter to Biden!