Posts Tagged ‘Laura Johnston Kohl’

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 ...

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Museum of African American Diaspora Hosts New Jonestown Study

Jonestown Survivor will join many other survivors in the Bay Aeea plan to attend this event: White Nights, Black Paradise | A Screening and Discussion on Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown When: July 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Cost: $10 General | $5 Students/Seniors | Free MoAD Members CONVERSATION FILM SCREENING PANEL DISCUSSION On November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide at the Peoples Temple Settlement in Jonestown, Guyana. Although the majority of the Jonestown massacre victims were black women, nearly four decades since the tragedy black women’s voices remain marginalized in Jonestown literature. Based on ...

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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 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 to Speak at San Bruno Senior Center

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR TO SPEAK AT SAN BRUNO SENIOR CENTER, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA on Monday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m.   Laura Johnston Kohl was a life-long activist, who joined Peoples Temple thinking that her voice would be louder in a richly diverse and progressive group like Peoples Temple. She was an enthusiastic member for about ten years, in both California and in Guyana. Her survival was a fluke. She came back to the USA and joined Synanon for the next ten years, where she healed and moved forward. Now, thirty-eight years later, she is a parent, a ...

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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 – A new book

I’LL BE WRITING ANOTHER BOOK For the past few years, since I “retired” from a career teaching middle school in California, I have thought about writing a second book. I do a lot of writing now. I create six or seven articles for the annual Jonestown Report, several monthly blogs on my website, www. Jonestownsurvivor.com, a monthly article in my local progressive bilingual newspaper Alianza North County, and, papers for conference/university presentations. Those writing pieces cover a wide range of topics, and they are fun and current. I see myself continuing those. But, there is still some “unfinished business” for me. I ...

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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 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 Answers questions from College Student

A college student who is studying Peoples Temple sent me these questions. Here are my answers to him: Here is my BRIEF response to your questions – it took me a whole book to tell it. What was it like being part of Peoples Temple? What was Jonestown like? How did being a part of Peoples Temple change me as a person? Was being a part of something like Peoples Temple a good or bad thing? What was it like being part of Peoples Temple? I was delighted by the family feel with all races and ages and economic levels – a real melting pot. I had ...

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