Posts Tagged ‘Jonestown Survivor’

Jonestown Survivor is Editor of Guyanese Perspective Section of the Jonestown Report

[caption id="attachment_2073" align="alignnone" width="3200"] Evergreen Cemetery - Peoples Temple Panels[/caption]the jonestown report As a Jonestown Survivor, I am working on a very interesting project. The Jonestown Institute publishes (now on-line) a yearly "report" with writing from many sources about all things Peoples Temple. This year, I am editor of a "Guyanese Perspective" section. Over the past week, I have heard from about 150 Guyanese about their experiences with Peoples Temple in Guyana. It is fascinating! The articles will appear in the November issue of The Jonestown Report - take a look at last year's edition at: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=67218 the jonestown report, Volume 18, November ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Current Schedule 2017-2018

Jonestown Survivor - Current Schedule  Currently, I am writing my 2nd book.  Additionally, I have these scheduled presentations: July 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm - I am attending: San Francisco’s Museum of African Diaspora White Nights, Black Paradise | A Screening and Discussion on Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown   August 8 - Panelist 10:30-12 (as a Quaker) 2017 Poway Interfaith Team putting on a 2017 NAIN “CONNECT” Conference, San Diego   October 5-7 Presenter of two Scholarly Papers on Peoples Temple at Communal Studies Association Conference in Zoar Community, in Ohio 2017 Conference Theme: “To succeed, grow and survive, all successful communal groups have had ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR to Present at UCSD OSHER Class

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR will present at an UCSD OSHER Class: Surviving Peoples Temple at Jonestown: One Woman’s Story Laura Kohls Johnston Peoples Temple was a response and thought to be a solution to the historic events taking place in the 1950s. From about 1953 on, television brought a new dimension to understanding history. We thought we could watch it as it evolved. We could see the characters and personalities, and we could see the consequences immediately. In other words, we could not just ignore the world around us anymore. This lecture will examine that part of U.S. history which allowed the creation and ...

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Jonestown Survivor Responds to New Inquiries

Jonestown Survivor Responds to Inquiries Earlier this month, I received this email from my website www.jonestownsurvivor.com - from the “Invite Laura to Speak” section. Since I don’t answer any Peoples Temple-related question with a “yes” or “no” answer, I try to give the questions some thought before I answer. I had quite a dialogue with these two students. They wrote: Hello, we wanted to talk to you about what happened in Jonestown and what you experienced there. We are writing a paper about the religion and we would like to ask some questions to a survivor who lived through it all. Thank you for ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – What’s Going On?

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR- What’s Going On? This has been a busy summer for me. I’ve traveled to Washington, D.C. (my birthplace), New York (my husband’s birthplace), San Francisco, Oakland, Visalia, Tijuana, and all over southern California. I have presented at libraries, senior centers, street fairs, and conferences.  I have had a number of interviews related to my life (Peoples Temple, Woodstock, Black Panthers, and/or Synanon) for documentaries, newspapers, blogtalk radio, and research projects. When I am not taking care of that, I am an activist. I do work on making the world a more sane place for all of us. I am politically ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT THE BERKELEY BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL                   I hosted an author’s table this weekend (June 4 and 5, 2016) at my second Bay Area Book Festival. I set up a table with photos of Peoples Temple. I had an aerial photo of Jonestown in 1978, which shows how much hard work we put into creating the community. I had photos of the Evergreen Cemetery tombstone and the newer panels listing the names of all of those who died in Guyana. I had photos of some of the ceremonies and gatherings we survivors have held over the years. And, ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Answers High-Schooler’s Questions

Questions from Grace D, a high school Junior in an AP History class in Washington: 1. What was your relationship with other members like in the 1970's? And, I read you are still on contact with other members, what is your relationship like with them today? From the time I first passed through the doors of the Peoples Temple building in Redwood Valley, I found meaningful and delightful friendships with the diverse membership in Peoples Temple. People were genuinely thoughtful and caring. One of my favorite parts of the Temple then was the feeling of being in an “adopted family” with people ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Writes Some Tankas

I am an educator in my life, other than speaking and writing about Peoples Temple and being a Jonestown Survivor. In one of my recent classes, my good friend Mel Takahara came and presented a few form of poetry to my students. He introduced a Tanka. A Tanka is a 31-syllable, 5-line poem, with syllables 5-7-5-7-7. My students have had very tough lives with some of them homeless, some in and out of foster homes during their whole lives, and many other painful and difficult life experiences. They wrote amazing Tankas, which my friend will publish for them. Here ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR’S Thoughts on A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN

Jonestown Survivor Reviews Book Review from Kaieteur News On-Line about Eusi Kwayana's book A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN: I think this is a great review of Eusi Kwayana's new book - A NEW LOOK AT JONESTOWN. However, the book goes beyond looking at it from a Guyanese point of view. It gives a global look about how poorer countries are easily manipulated to overlook aspects of a group, or even a country's, plan because of an expectation of shared monies. KAIETEUR NEWS ON-LINE: New book on Jonestown by Eusi Kwayana is very good March 28, 2016 | By KNews | Filed Under Letters Dear Editor, On ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: Where does Jonestown fit into the Historical Perspective of the Millennialist, Apocalyptic, and Utopian Intentional Communities?

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR PRESENTS: Where does Jonestown fit into the Historical Perspective of the Millennialist, Apocalyptic, and Utopian Intentional Communities?   COMMUNAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION - I sent in my Abstract for the scholarly paper I will present in Salt Lake City in October. Call for Papers 2016 Conference Theme: Anticipating the End Times: Millennialism, Apocalypticism, and Utopianism in Intentional Communities October 6–8, 2016 Salt Lake City, Utah.Deadline for Submission of Paper and Session Proposals: May 15, 2016   Where does Jonestown fit into the Historical Perspective of the Millennialist, Apocalyptic, and Utopian Intentional Communities? I will present a brief overview of these Intentional ...

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