THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT THROUGH THE EYES OF A JONESTOWN SURVIVOR

A primary reason I joined Peoples Temple was my dream for a world free of racism, and I saw Peoples Temple as my vessel to make it happen. That idealism has stayed with me, even through my struggles to survive after the events in Jonestown on November 18, 1978. I am a student of current events as well as an activist. I am both pragmatic and idealistic these days. I know that to achieve the kind of society I envision, I have to work hard and try to motivate others to work equally hard. In the Occupy Movement, I see new blood of all ages and all races. When I speak to them, they are excited and engaged. Although they are in the “fight” to re-structure the financial institutions, they are not cynics. At a Teach-In today at the Occupy San Diego venue, even several of the homeless people I spoke with held on to their idealism. They are survivors too. Nothing is gained if you don’t try. The Occupiers know it as I do. It takes work to make change happen. I am proud of the Occupiers.