Posts Tagged ‘activism’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – VISUALIZING WHO I AM, THESE DAYS

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR - VISUALIZING WHO I AM, THESE DAYS Laura Johnston Kohl Over the past five years or so, I have tried to have a visual image of the person I am. For most of the five years, I have thought of myself as a black-eyed susan, or a sunflower. To explain the design a bit more – I thought of my physical shape in the middle with petals out in all directions for the different parts of my being. I am a parent – one petal. I am a wife of 33 years – one petal. I am a Quaker – ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016 When 914 members of Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. After participating with the Black Panthers, and attending Woodstock, Laura moved into Peoples Temple in California in 1970, and was an active and enthusiastic member until it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She lived her first year in Georgetown, purchasing supplies, then moved to Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride away. She moved back into Georgetown in October ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR TRIFECTA

Trifecta – Three Grand Events Saturday, November 14 was a special day. It was very full, but touched a lot of points. My day began with an interview at the San Diego State University Special Collections Room. I was interviewed by filmmaker John Borowski for one segment of his upcoming television series. He interviewed me and taped the conversation for over two hours. The setting was an extensive Peoples Temple Collection that Dr. Rob Ray, the SDSU Archivist, has set up. The collection has all types of media productions and other memorabilia from Jonestown survivors and other diverse sources. In ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Summer Events

I have a pretty diverse summer ahead, working with Peoples Temple archives, Synanon archives, and book events! I'll be teaching the next 2 1/2 weeks in Escondido. On June 6 and 7, I'll be at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley On June 16, I'll be at SDSU looking at the Peoples Temple exhibit On June 18 and 19, I'll be working with Synanon archives at UCLA On June 23, I'll be speaking at the San Diego City Heights Library In mid-July, I will be at Walker Creek Ranch (where I lived briefly while in Synanon) at a Quaker Retreat In July, I'll also visit ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: A Tribute to PJ Paparelli

Hello everyone, Today, Leigh let Mac know that PJ Paparelli was killed in a car accident while vacationing in Scotland. He was the superb Artistic Director from the Chicago American Theater Company where Leigh's play "The Peoples Temple" was presented. Claire, Nel and I flew to Chicago to see it. Last June, PJ and his Assistant brought twenty inner-city high school drama students out to meet us, to visit CHS, and to get some California air. So many people jumped in to speak with the students, i remember Alan, Garry, Tim, Jordan, Eugene, Stephan, Vern and I spent time, and others ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interview on the Jon Baran Radio/Internet Show May 9, 2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Radio Interview 11:30 EST and 8:30 PST on Saturday, May 9. I will be on Jon Baran's Radio Show: JVC Broadcasting was formed in July 2009. The company operates over one dozen radio stations. Four stations in the Nassau, Suffolk Long Island market, five stations in the West Palm Beach, Florida market, one in Orlando and four stations serving Florida’s Gainesville, Ocala area. In addition the company operates Long Island Events a premier NTR facilitator and the operator of The Pennysaver Amphitheater a 7000 person outdoor concert event facility on Long Island. We broadcast, and ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Reflects on Color

A PERSON OF COLOR I am a survivor of Jonestown and Peoples Temple. I can not apologize or excuse enough about the horrific and incomprehensible way 918 wonderful people died. None of my reflections change that. But, my reflections do explain why so many of us joined Peoples Temple and even followed the dream of a Utopian community into the rainforest in Guyana. One of the aspects I loved the most about being in Peoples Temple was that skin color became a non-issue. We soon became blind to color because we were brothers and sisters in one big family, and because our ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Contacted by Swedish Students

Each week, I get at least one email with questions. One of the emails that I got this week was from Swedish students. This was their question: What are the basic forms of expressions, belief and ideas of The Peoples Temple? (How does a member of Peoples Temple express their faith, any special clothing, special behaviour, rituals? etc.) Really, your question has to be answered in two parts – the USA, and Jonestown The basic beliefs of Peoples Temple were that everyone is equal, and should be treated with dignity. No one should be hungry, or should be living in dangerous circumstances, ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look Interviewed by Ben Modo on Premier Show

2/2015 JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider's Look, I was delighted to be invited to New York City to appear on the Premier Show of Ben Modo Live. He was a wonderful host who had certainly done his homework. In the five segments, we discussed everything from my Jonestown survival to my activism today, in education, civil rights and immigration rights. It was a great pleasure meeting him, and his whole crew. He survived a difficult immigration from Cameroon, and is pushing for a progressive agenda to provide JOBS. He has certainly been energized by his own experience. What a delight. Here ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR REFLECTS AND LOOKS AHEAD 2014-2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR - REFLECTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS – 2014 and 2015 This past year has been a spontaneous combustion. So much has happened, so much that I didn’t see coming. Thankfully, I have a solid base with a wonderful husband, and awesome son – who keep me humble. After teaching everything from Bilingual Kindergarten to Computer Skills in Spanish to people on Disability, to CPR in Spanish in factories for the Red Cross, to Adult ESL, and then back to teaching 6th grade Language Arts – I retired from full-time teaching. I have traveled around the country to conferences, libraries, universities, and ...

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