Posts Tagged ‘determination’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Upcoming Class

Jonestown Survivor News - I have been asked to teach a 5-week OSHER Class here in San Diego. Here is the Course Outline:      Selected History of the 1960s and 1970s Laura Johnston Kohl, Jonestown Survivor and Author, will present a 5-week study of selected United States History from the 1960s and 1970s. Each class will focus on a different aspect of those two decades. -1st class will review US History, beginning with the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks, including the assassinations of five inspiring leaders in the 1960s, and ending in 1970. -2nd class will review the struggles for different national communities to gain ...

» continue reading

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 ...

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR VISITS HEALDSBURG LIBRARY

An Insider’s Look at Jonestown on NOVEMBER 21, 2014 Thirty-four years after Jonestown, the repercussions of the mass suicide in Guyana still resonate. Over 900 members of the People’s Temple and four visiting Americans – including a member of the U.S. House of Representatives – died literally “drinking the kool-aid.” For Laura Kohl, a survivor of the Peoples Temple calamity, it was as personal as it could be. An idealist and activist for civil rights, Kohl met Jim Jones, the head of the People’s Temple, and joined the cult first in California, later following the messianic leader to South America. Her survival was a “fluke” she says today, of ...

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Helps Find Homes for Cremated Jonestown Friends

CREMATED REMAINS OF JONESTOWN MEMBERS FOUND On Thursday morning, August 7, 2014, I got a heartbreaking email. It started like this: “I pray this email finds you, I have also attempted to connect with you on Facebook®. My name is James Patton, I am a forensic Investigator for the Delaware State Medical Examiner. On 7/31/2014 I was called to respond to an abandon funeral home in Dover Delaware where 38 boxes of cremated remains were found, 9 of which were victims of the Jonestown incident in 1978.” I immediately emailed ...

» continue reading

THE MORPHING OF PEOPLES TEMPLE SURVIVORS

THE MORPHING OF PEOPLES TEMPLE SURVIVORS As always when I write, I represent only my own opinion about things I see and reflect on. Some of what I say may not match your perspective – as fellow survivors or close friends. We survivors and family members just held the 35th anniversary gatherings of the calamity of Jonestown. Each year, the actual dynamics of the events on the anniversary vary widely, depending on who shows up to our community dinner and to the cemetery. The tone of the gathering really depends on those who are in the room ...

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Meets ATC Actors

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR NEWS: On Tuesday June 25, 2013, in San Francisco, I met with members of the American Theater Company from Chicago. They are acting in Leigh Fondakowski's play THE PEOPLES TEMPLE. These high school students came to visit the California Historical Society to look at the Peoples Temple archive. They will meet other survivors, visit Evergreen Cemetery, and visit Ukiah. They will perform at the ATC, in Chicago, in late July.

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Receives Award for Peace and Nonviolence

Tonight, I was recognized as my school’s Teacher Most Demonstrating Peace and Nonviolence, in honor of the 14th Anniversary Celebration of “A Season for Peace & Nonviolence.” Here is what was written about me: Laura Kohl – Staff Member: Laura Kohl practices the ideals of Season for Nonviolence both at school and in her everyday life. She is committed to nonviolence principles and imparts these principles to her students. Whether her students are acting in plays about Dr. King or reading and writing about peace and tolerance, students in Laura’s class are always immersed in nonviolence ideals. ...

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR program on Ricki Lake Show Delayed

Hi all, A friend of mine looked up the Ricki Lake schedule for next week and noticed we were not listed. Our show has been pre-empted. The folks at the show were not able to tell when it will be rescheduled. We will let you know! In peace, Laura

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – OUR 34TH ANNIVERSARY

Hi all, On Sunday and Monday, some of us gathered at Evergreen Cemetery, went to dinner nearby, and spent time again at California Historical Society on Monday. It was a small group, but wonderful. I added some photos here and have more. If you attended and want to share your photos - that would be great too. When I am with other survivors and family members, I feel like I am "at-home" - no pretenses, just deep friendship. I have a lot of friends but it is hard to describe the difference. I read somewhere once that ...

» continue reading

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR ADDS “MY OWN DISCLAIMER”

Recently, I opened an innocuous-looking piece of email. It was really hate mail. The sender told me that I should never speak publicly and that I should just shut up. He must have seen one of my interviews in the documentaries that continue to air about Peoples Temple. He wrote that when I cry about anything related to Peoples Temple, I’m just stupid, ignorant, etc. The people deserved what they got. I opened a folder for “Mean Mail” and stuck the letter there. My immediate response was to trash it and him. Why would ...

» continue reading