S. Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. He gained renown as a participant in a prominent 1986 veterans fast on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, protesting the funding for Reagan’s Contra wars in 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 diabolical nature of US imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled handcycle) by creating a model of right livelihood.
He has made numerous trips to Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, in efforts to understand the nature and extent of United States economic, political, military, and covert policies, and their effects on various peoples’ cultures. Additionally he has traveled to many parts of the U.S. to see firsthand the real condition and health of social and economic justice here at home. His is a voice of awareness that helps us see the authentic human experience beyond the nationalistic rhetoric — to know that “We are not worth more, they are not worth less.” You have a rare opportunity to see Brian Friday night at Shakespeare & Co reading from his book and/or Sunday at the Public House as he screens the new documentary about his life and leads a discussion (details below). in the words of Ralph Nader, “See how courageous, non-violent, civil disobedience to the crimes of war can motivate you to become a more challenging citizen against militarism and corporatism that a peoples’ Congress can stop.”
Hope to see you there, Betsy