JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Who am I Today?

Who am I today? I am a Jonestown Survivor and Author of JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look. I travel around the country speaking at universities and colleges, at conferences, at libraries, and in many other venues, about Peoples Temple and Jonestown – that horrific event that took place 38 years ago. I speak about many related issues.

Sometimes, in these venues, people ask me why I don’t “move on.” I thought I would fill you in on the complete picture of who I am.

I am a wife of 34 years, a mother of a brilliant 27-year-old son/teacher, a retired teacher, a Quaker, and an activist. I am active in local, state, and national politics. I write many articles each year for the jonestown report, published on-line by the Jonestown Institute. I write a monthly column for the local progressive bilingual newspaper Alianza North County. I am on the Board of Directors of the Communal Studies Association and present an annual scholarly paper about Peoples Temple and/or Synanon. I teach elementary school about ten days a month, when I am not traveling. And, I am interviewed several times a month by students studying about Peoples Temple and the media.

I have moved on. But, I will never forget my past. I will do all I can not to forget my dearest friends. And, I will continue to educate and clarify what happened, why and how it happened, and how to prevent it happening again.