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Book Talk: "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of Brian Willson"

Date:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Shelby Minister
Location Details:
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 South 7th St
San Jose, CA 95112

A Book Talk with Brian Willson "Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of Brian Willson" After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. government, including the refusal to pay taxes, public fasting, and, most famously, public obstruction. On September 1, 1987, Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks. Providing a full look into the tragic event, Willson, who lost his legs in the incident, discusses how the subsequent publicity propelled his cause toward the national consciousness. Now, 23 years later, Willson tells his story of social injustice, nonviolent struggle, and the so-called American way of life. About the Author S. Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and nonviolent pacifist. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 5:08PM
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