Posts Tagged ‘survivor’

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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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 – 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: 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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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 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 Meets February 2016 with Travel Plans!

February is moving in! I will be teaching the next two weeks - finishing up a long-term subbing job in a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies class (which I LOVE!) and I will be heading to Washington State in two weeks. As a Jonestown Survivor: An Insider's Look author and public speaker, I will speak in classes and at a public setting at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, and then in the Friday Harbor library. And, I will meet up with my good friends living in Washington. GREAT! Let me know if you are in the area!

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