Bruce Allison was born on April 28, 1951 at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. As a six generation San Franciscan, I attended several local San Francisco schools and graduated in 1969. A month later, I was in Fort Ord, CA in basic training getting ready to be shipped off to Vietnam, where I served from 1969-71 as part of the forced draft.
After the Vietnam war, I worked as a carnival geek to level my head off for the Northland Show throughout the North East, settling in Maine until I went to London and worked as a 'porter' until I was deported for being an 'undocumented worker'. In 1974, after returning from London to San Francisco, I was a home care worker for 28 years until I injured myself on the job with a broken back. From 2002-04, I was home-less because of my disabilities. From 2004-06, I got my housing in an S.R.O.(Single Room Occupancy) until I got my permanent housing where I currently live today. I am an advocate and am very active with social justice issues around disability, elder and housing rights. I am also a staff writer and political reporter for POOR Magazine in San Francisco. I received the San Francisco Honor Award by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for my activism in 2006.