November 14, 2011

Activist and author to speak about ‘Blood on the Tracks’

Date published: 11/10/2011
Publication: Albany Times Union


Brian Willson stillS. Brian Willson is a Vietnam War veteran who lost his legs protesting the shipment of U.S. arms to Central America. Now he’s touring the country using a pair of prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled hand-cycle to talk about his life and the virtues of a simple lifestyle, which he outlines in his book, “Blood on the Tracks.”

The anti-war activist lost his legs below the knee when he was hit by a munitions train during a 1987 protest against the shipping of U.S. weapons to Central America. He and other veterans blocked the railroad tracks in protest; the train didn’t stop. In his book, Willson writes about the risky, nonviolent protest methods he and others have embraced over the years to educate people and create political change. He talks about losing his legs for his principles and ends with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.

Willson will read from and talk about his book this week at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media.

— Mike Lisi


At a glance

S. Brian Willson

What: Author speak about his book “Blood On The Tracks”

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy

Admission: $10 donation suggested, or $5 student/low-income

Info: 272-2390;


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