S. Brian Willson “Blood on the Tracks”

December 14th, 2011

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S. Brian Willson returned from a tour in Vietnam in 1970 to become a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist. In the years that followed, he became a lawyer and fought social injustice and a government he believes to be unjust.

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A devotion to nonviolent struggle is what led Willson, in 1987, to stage a protest in which he lay down on railroad tracks in the path of a government munitions train. The train ran over him and it cost Willson both legs. Now, after all these years, Willson finally tells his story in a memoir he calls “Blood on the Tracks.”

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Leymah Gbowee “Mighty Be Our Powers”

September 19th, 2011

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When civil war broke out in Liberia in 1990, many assumed it would be over quickly. But as Charles Taylor’s rebels kept going, and ultimately Taylor assumed power, the conflict grew.

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Leymah Gbowee had just graduated from high school in Monrovia when the fighting started. Her plans for a higher education were destroyed by the war, but more alarming to her was how many families were being destroyed. Including hers. Ultimately Gbowee’s bitterness became rage, which became a determination to act. She organized Liberia’s women – Christian and Muslim alike – to force an end to the civil war. Now in her memoir “Mighty Be Their Powers,” Gbowee tells the story of the peace campaign, and her role in it.

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