Posts Tagged ‘survival’

JONESTOWN SURVIVORS at 40th Anniversary

Kohl Speech for 40th Anniversary It is wonderful to see everyone here. Some who could not make the trip are awaiting our photos and thoughts as well. When I reflect on my nearly 9 years in Peoples Temple, I feel that it was both one of the highlights and one of the deepest traumas of my life. When I was in Peoples Temple in both California and in Guyana, I felt committed to an idea, even a dream, that took me outside of my personal needs. I found a community that asked much of the members. I thought that I was making ...

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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 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 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 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’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 – Why Revisit Jonestown and Guyana?

  Jonestown Survivor - many Jonestown survivors - will return to Guyana for a Visit, Likely in March 2016 I have been in contact with many survivors who plan to go back to Guyana, on an arranged trip, in March 2016. In response to some of the concerns people brought up, I have thought more about why I am interested in going. This is what I wrote to those already committed to go, and those who are making up their minds now. Hi everyone, A couple of people have spoken to Melissa, and/or me about thoughts about the return trip to Guyana. Really, this ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Attends (Berkeley) Bay Area Book Festival June 6 and 7, 2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR will be hosting an Author's Table on Literary Lane on Addison between Milvia and Shattuck, in downtown Berkeley. I will have pictures and will sign books you purchase. Come talk, and buy JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider's Look. I look forward to meeting you.

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR and Revisiting Jonestown

Hello everyone,      I wanted to give you an update about our plans to return to Guyana and Jonestown.  I spent time researching the type of grant that would allow us to go back to Guyana and Jonestown, and to record our individual perspectives and reflections. Most of the available grants that I found do not provide for the "R&D" portion - meaning the travel and equipment, in our case. The grants available for that somewhat-smaller project are also smaller.      My initial plan was to get a grant that would pay for our transportation and expenses in Guyana, our ...

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