Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a nonviolent revolutionary activist. Brian first gained renown as a participant in a prominent 1986 veterans fast on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. The fast was in response to Congressional funding of Reagan’s Contra wars against the people of Central America.
One year later, on September 1, 1987, he was again thrust into the public eye when he was run over and nearly killed by a US Navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980s he has continued efforts to educate the public about the realities of continued US imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled handcycle) by creating a model of right livelihood including a simpler lifestyle.
On Friday, October 21, from 7 to 9 pm, Brian will be speaking at Putney Friends Meeting about his new book, Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson. Please help spread the word and come join us for Brian’s important talk about activism for peace, justice, and earthcare today. All are welcome.