September 20, 1987 |
S. Brian Willson would seem to be an unlikely martyr. In his youth he considered becoming a minister, an FBI agent and a professional baseball player. He has been a lawyer, a dairy farmer and a veterans' counselor. But it wasn't until middle age that Willson found his true calling. In his 40s--and long after it was fashionable or popular--the working-class boy from a hamlet near Buffalo, N.Y., became a full-time antiwar activist, a self-styled "peace warrior."
September 12, 1987 |
Ten days after he lost both legs and suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a Navy munitions train, anti-war activist S. Brian Willson said Friday that he "feels no ill will toward the people who were on that train." Willson, 46, making his first public appearance since he was severely injured Sept. 1 while attempting to halt arms shipments to the Nicaraguan contras , said from a wheelchair at John Muir Hospital here that "I have compassion for the train crew."
September 11, 1987 |
Some 200 protesters, many in wheelchairs, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy on Thursday to honor peace activist Brian Willson, who lost his legs when struck by a train while demonstrating against military aid to the contras . The group, mostly Americans, sang protest songs in English and Spanish, prayed, read poetry and listened to a message Willson had recorded from his hospital bed. Willson, who has visited Nicaragua and opposes U.S. aid to the contras, lost his legs Sept.
September 6, 1987 |
In a growing protest over the maiming of an anti-war protester, the wife of Nicaragua's president, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a crowd of thousands converged Saturday on the dusty spot where Brian Willson's legs were severed when he knelt in front of a military munitions train.
September 3, 1987 |
A sheriff's official, investigating a military train accident that left an anti-war activist seriously injured, said Wednesday that the Naval Weapons Center here failed to provide deputies with an agreed-upon half-hour to move protesters who were blocking the tracks. "We're certainly asking the question, 'Why they didn't wait for us?' " said Capt. Russ Pitkin, head of the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department investigations division.
September 2, 1987 |
An anti-war activist, hoping to halt arms shipments to the Nicaraguan contras , was critically injured Tuesday when he was dragged 25 feet by a military train leaving the Concord Naval Weapons Center. S. Brian Willson, 45, beginning what was to be a 40-day fast, was sitting on the railroad tracks outside the base in the East Bay suburb when the train pulling two boxcars left shortly before noon.