Political Perspectives on 01/18/12
Host Sue Supriano interviews S. Brian Willson and his partner Becky Luening about Brian's book "Blood on the Tracks" and their experiences during their recent book tour for "Blood on the Tracks."
S. Brian Willson is a Viet Nam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. On September 1, 1987, Brian 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 including a simpler lifestyle.
On the first leg of Brian’s book tour he cycled from Portland, Oregon to the San Francisco Bay Area on his three-wheeled, arm-powered handcycle, accompanied by Portland cyclist Joel Finkelstein. For the second leg he toured Southern California by automobile with Frank Dorrel doing the driving and bookselling. The third leg had stops in Cleveland, New York State, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Columbus, Georgia.