When: Sun., May 21, 7-8 p.m. 2017
WHAT: Paying the Price for Peace Screening WHO: S. Brian Willson WHEN: Sun., May 21 at 7 PM. WHERE: The Public House HOW MUCH: Free, but bring some cash for donations MORE INFO: jrpc.org
In April of 1969, S. Brian Willson, then a captain in the United States Air Force, witnessed the immediate aftermath of a bombing campaign against several undefended villages in Vietnam. The majority of the inhabitants, most of them children, had been napalmed. A few days later he read an account in a military newspaper about a young man being jailed in the states for burning the American flag in protest. Willson was shocked. How could the men who killed all these children be lauded and promoted while a man who burned nothing more than a flag was imprisoned? What kind of government would do that? Willson received a law degree after leaving the military. He joined Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War and became an educator and activist, leading nonviolent acts of civil disobedience across the country.
Then, on September 1, 1987, while protesting shipments of weapons bound for Contra groups in South America, Willson was hit by a train transporting weapons to Contra groups in South America. He lost both of his legs beneath the knee, as well as part of his frontal lobe. After a lengthy recovery, he ramped up his activism, continuing to work for peace through nonviolent protests and writing. A new documentary, Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson, follows the peace advocate's life. A discussion will follow the screening. He will also be reading from his 2011 book Blood on the Track at Shakespeare & Co. on Fri., May 19.