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Aerial view of Paradise off of Clark Road – Camp Fire, Northern California
November 15, 2018
Photo Credit: San Francisco Examiner (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

 

As California burns and super-storms ravage our southern and eastern coastal states, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Reverend Jim Jones and the People’s Temple. Today, November 18th, is the fortieth anniversary of the mass murder-suicide of 916 Americans at the People’s Temple Agricultural Project at Jonestown in the northwest forested region of Guyana.

The 276 dead American children had no choice.

Teacher with Children Singing – Jonestown – Guyana
Photo Credit: California Digital Library

 

Victim of his own megalomania and alternate reality, the Pentecostal leader coerced his followers into ingesting cyanide-laced, grape-flavored Flavor Aid.

“Revolutionary suicide,” the Reverend Jim Jones called his final, defiant act.

In his article, “Guyana: Jonestown tragedy remains a cautionary tale 40 years later,” Mohamed Hamaludin—a now retired, Guyana-born journalist who writes a commentary for The South Florida Times—shares his firsthand experience while covering the story for the Caribbean media.

Based on their inaction to curb our fossil fuel consumption, our climate change deniers in Washington D.C. are pursuing a collective, suicidal path. Our well-being and that of our children, grandchildren, and future generations is inconsequential.

Youth climate activists occupy office of Nancy Pelosi – Washington D.C.
November 13, 2018
Photo Credit: Common Dreams (Waleed Shahid/Twitter)

 

Will the voices of reason be ignored? Will the protestors be silenced? Will the world’s richest and most powerful nation persist in forcing its people and the people of the world to commit “revolutionary suicide”?

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