Posts Tagged ‘history 1970s’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Writes Foreword for Eusi Kwayana’s New Book

Eusi Kwayana's review of his latest book A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN:   On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the Peoples Temple, located not far from the Port Kaituma airstrip, died after drinking cyanide-laced Flavor-Aid. Their suicidal act was attributed to a directive from Reverend JimJones, the religious leader of the commune. Jones himself died from gunshot wounds. Despite the publications of seven books by Jonestown survivors about the incident, many questions remain, including the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the commune and the death of American Congressman, Leo Ryan, who went to Guyana to investigate reports of atrocities ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed for San Juan Journal Article

  Survivor recalls Jonestown Copy of Laura Kohl's Guyan driver's license — Image Credit: Contributed Photo/Laura Kohl By Heather Spaulding Journal Reporter They worked to create a community without hate or violence, filled with love, peace, independent yet supportive, artistic and healthy – the 60s utopian dream. What happened was a nightmare. “Jonestown lived and died in two years,” said Laura Kohl, a Jonestown survivor. “It never had a chance to get beyond the building stage.” Kohl will be speaking at the San Juan Island Library on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. At this free event, she will be discussing her experiences at Jonestown and how she coped after the tragedy. The ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to High School Students’ Questions

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to questions from high school students preparing for a National History Championship. I always answer questions from students and curious people of all ages when they have taken the time to write to me about Peoples Temple. Here I have responded to ten questions: What compelled you to join the Peoples Temple? I was in high school and college in the 1960s. In high school in Maryland, I was part of an integrated group that helped integrate a huge local amusement park – I felt that our society had been divided far too long. I also watched many of my ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Describes Life in a Cult

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR was interviewed by Tami Urbanek - here is the link: http://www.spreaker.com/user/journeyfortruth/journey-for-truth-jonestown-cult-mass-su_1 Laura Johnston Kohl grew up in the 1960's, witnessed-from afar- the deaths of Martin Luther King and JFK, and spent time with the Black Panthers. She yearned to make a difference in a violent world and Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple cult, was calling her. What was it like in the Peoples Temple and how did she survive the over 900 people mass suicide of 1978? Why did she join another cult after Jonestown? Listen to her story, why she was there, and the warning signs of ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Radio/Internet Interview

I was interviewed by  Tami Urbanek of Empowerment Through Healing Here are the links: Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/journeyfortruth/journey-for-truth-jonestown-cult-mass-su_1 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tamiurbanek-radio/jonestown-cult-mass-suicide-survivor Please share! Tami Urbanek Empowerment Through Healing Making New Choices to Create a New Reality Universal Education Foundation, 501 (c) (3) Listen to Journey For Truth on demand on Spreaker.com

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Upcoming 2016 Events

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR UPCOMING EVENTS January 8             Radio interview on “Radiobookshelf” with Lou in the Morning January 8             Radio interview on Empowerment through Healing, with Tami Urbanck February 15         University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA – presentations to classes and the public February 17         San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor, WA – JONESTOWN SURVIVOR book presentation March 19             Hosting Author’s Table at U of Phoenix Writer’s Expo for Writers April 15                Oaks North Community Ctr Bd of Directors Meeting – Speaking about my book and life June 4-5               BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL – Hosting Author’s Table October 6-8          Presentation ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVORS: California Historical Society Hosts Panel Discussion

Here is a link to a wonderful discussion hosted by the California Historical Society and the SF Publis Library on October 21, 2015. I am so sorry I missed it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzE3Ra7ag4c Published on Nov 13, 2015 On October 21, 2015 the California Historical Society hosted a panel discussion with David Talbot, author of "Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love;" Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle; Eugene Smith, author and Peoples Temple survivor; and John Cobb, author and Peoples Temple survivor. The panel was moderated by Anthea Hartig, Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society. • Category o Education

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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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