"War is the greatest threat to public health." - Gino Strada, Italian war surgeon and founder of the UN-recognized Italian NGO Emergency

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brian Willson: Talk Softly and Carry a BIG Message

Dear Friends,

On the weekend in which many of us came together to remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (GZ), we were honored with the presence of Brian Willson, Vietnam veteran, trained lawyer, and an international symbol of nonviolent resistance who was run over by a U.S. Navy train at the Concord (CA) Naval Weapons Station on September 1, 1987. That train was carrying weapons on their way to Central America.

GZ invited Brian to speak at our August event in which we gathered under the theme, Nuclear Abolition: Yes We Can! Brian's conversation at GZ was an autobiographical sketch, a history lesson, philosophical discourse, a lesson in living sustainably, and above all a prophetic statement that we ALL need to hear. No matter how we currently think about the future, Brian shakes the very foundation upon which our lives are built, and lays out a compelling case for a major paradigm shift in how we live (It's time to live horizontally people!). As difficult as it may be for some people to hear what he has to say, we need to listen to Brian with open minds and open hearts.

Gordon Sturrock, a veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, Squadron 13, got Brian's entire presentation and conversation on video, and you can watch it here. Brian's journey is a remarkable one, and he has gathered much wisdom along the way. I hope to share more of his wisdom in future posts. For now I will let Brian speak for himself.

Brian Willson at GroundZero from GordonSturrock on Vimeo. Brian Willson speaks at Ground Zero in Poulsbo, Washington on August 8, 2009.

You can also watch Brian's conversation at YouTube. Todd Boyle also recorded Brian; watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWztuA3jRTc.



P.S. - Learn more about Brian at http://brianwillson.com/.

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