Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alert re: Jonestown Massacre Memorial Blocked!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, families represented by the Guyana Tribute Foundation, a non-profit corporation, and its founder Dr. Jynona Norwood (Plaintiffs), will hold a prayer vigil with community leaders and a press conference to take place on Alameda County Superior Courthouse steps beginning at 8:00 a.m., followed by their 9:00 a.m. court motion hearing for preliminary injunction against Evergreen Cemetery Association, Evergreen Cemetery president Buck Kamphausen, and the cemetery's executive director Ron Haulman (Defendants).

Phase I wall was revealed at ‘08 Jonestown Memorial Service.

The declaration will petition the court to prevent defendants, Fielding McGehee, Jim Jones Jr. and the People's Temple Church from using, transferring, encumbering or selling the site originally promised to accommodate the Jonestown Memorial Wall honoring the 918 adults and 305 children who perished Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, exclusive of People's Temple leader James Warren "Jim" Jones.

After over three decades of planning on the part of the Guyana Tribute Foundation and activist Jynona Norwood whose family lost 27 loved ones including her mother and three-month-old cousin Charles Garry Henderson-he youngest child to perish in Jonestown--a granite memorial wall was approved to be erected at Oakland, California's Evergreen Cemetery. The memorial was to be inscribed with the names of the victims along with those of Congressman Leo Ryan and members of his film crew and placed on the site where most of the children who died in the 1978 Jonestown Massacre were laid to rest.

Despite having been previously approved by cemetery management, the memorial wall is now being opposed by a coalition led by Jim Jones leaders--in part, because the families represented by the Guyana Tribute Foundation and Norwood refuse to allow the Peoples Temple leader's name to be included.

Evergreen Cemetery has since alleged reasons for not erecting the wall, even though a significant payment has already been made to Amador/Marin Monument Company (Evergreen Cemetery's recommended vendor) for the wall's construction.

Norwood invites Jonestown victims' friends and family members, community leaders and concerned citizens to the courthouse steps in unity to stop the victimization of children everywhere. The determined advocate said, "I refuse to sit quietly, and passively allow the honoring of mass murderers to go unchallenged anywhere on the planet. It sends a wrong message worldwide and does not protect our children--living or dead."

To learn more about the Jonestown story and Dr. Norwood's efforts, visit www.jones-town.org.


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