“Every anniversary of Novemeber 18th, 1978 is a time that communists and all people who love independence and find satisfaction in the thought of communities free of racism, sexism, ageism and elitism should mark and remember. What occured on Novemeber 18th, 1978? On that date the martyrdom of Cde. Jim Jones, the luminary and example of our North American struggle, was enacted along with the martyrdom of the inhabitants of the autonomous communist model lauded by freedom-fighters and communists all over the globe, the Peoples Temple Agricultral/Medical Project headed by Cde. Jim Jones in the remote jungle regions of Guyana.
Rural People’s Party is the only organization in North America upholding the communist model of the Peoples Temple and as such their martyrs are our martyrs. We remember the names of heroes like Patty Cartmell, Jim McElvane, Maria Katsaris, Jack Beam, Marceline Mae Jones, Christine Cobb, Dick & Harriet Tropp and a host of others who were martyred on that day in the communist paradise of Jonestown which sat amongst thousands of acres, a living testament to the correct and rise leadership of Cde. Jim Hones and the perserverance, dedication and enthusaiasm of the membership of the Peoples Temple who strove hand-in-hand collectively as a family, sharing all things in common, working towards a bright and shining communist future.
Because of unceasing hounding and repressive measures by the U.S. Government against its efforts to build communism and liberate men and women from the shackles of capitalism, Cde.Jones led the Peoples Temple in a mass diaspora of over one-thousand members to build and inhabit Jonesttown, which was marked by common ownership, medical, agricultral and logging operations, educational facilities, mass meetings including criticism and self-criticism sessions and continual great leaps forward toward a full and potent communism with the leader at the helm and beloved by the people. Operations continued to a limited degree in the U.S. at various locales as well as an office maintained in Georgetown, Guyana.
The move to Guyana however did not stop the repression of Peoples Temple but only agitated the U.S. Government attack against it. Defectors cooperating with the forces of bourgeois power and reaction privately hired mercenaries to attempt to disrupt Peoples Temple activities and assassinate members inhabiting Jonestown by their own free will and distrupt and confound the advances of this brave communist project, the msot successful communist model ever emerging from within North America. Peoples Temple was caught up into a web of intrigue, sabotage and offensive measures against it spearheaded by the anti-communist efforts of the CIA.
Inhabiting a country then led by Forbes Burnham, who in 1977 sent a delegation to the International Juche Seminar in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and who in the late 1970’s was accused by the CIA of signing a secret defense pact with the DPRK to extensively train guerillas on Guyanese soil, the ire of the imperialism only grew hotter against the Peoples Temple who were then, after decades and decades of struggle in the United States, entrenched in a position of ideological, political, infrastructural, financial and human power deep in an offshore rural area, self-reliant and an authority unto themeslves.
Surrounded by enemies, the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, its members and its leader, Cde. Jim Jones, were martyred on November 18th, 1978. Prior to the martyrdom of the Peoples Temple collective, memebers of a CIA death squad murdered Congressman Leo Ryan and other persons located at the airstrip in Port Kaituma. In killing the congressman at this time the CIA were able to succeed in destroying the political life of Ryan by extinguishing his physical life. Ryan’s political history at odds with the Central Intelligence Agency is well documented, including his being the House of Representaives sponsor of the Hughes-Ryan Amendment in 1974, which required CIA to report extensively extensively to congressional committees prior to executing covert operations and seriously restricted CIA international operations. A year later Ryan leaked information concerning the CIA’s involvement in the Angolan Civil War to Daniel Schorr, a CBS reporter. In the latter seventies and nearing his trip to Jonestown Ryan began serious probes into CIA experiements enacted on incarcerated persons at California correctional institutes, which were designed to test breaking points and refine interrogation methods using the lumpenproletariat as experimental subjects.
Information from Laurie Efrein Kahalas, an eight-year Peoples Temple member who was residing at the San Francisco branch of Peoples Temple on November 18th, 1978, reveals extensively that the shooting at the Port Kaituma airstrip of Congressman Ryan was, as she states in her essay ‘In Plain Sight! Proof that it was NOT Peoples Temple who killed the Congressman’, that ‘the real killers of the Congressman were the CIA who targeted both Leo Ryan and Jim Jones in a twisty ‘kill two birds with one stone’ plot, a double-enmity that evidence well supports.’ This position is corroborated by research and many facts from video footage of the assassination and also by the words of Cde. Jim Jones himself, who states seven times in the mostly disreputable FBI so-called ‘Death tape’ (which is the most popularized audio of Jim Jones and therefore logically the most edited for imperialist propoganda purposes) that te identity of the killers at the airstrip were unknown to him.
On from the airstrip, the inhabitants of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Jonestown, Guyana lay besieged- knowing full-well that the provocation of a dead congressman and assorted newsmen and defectors at the Port Kaituma airstrip would swiftly bring down the black death hanging over them from forces waiting to slaughter them all, including U.S. Special Forces, CIA teams, embedded enemies inside the organization itself and comprador elements of the Guyanese national defense who had been co-opted by agents of imperialism for U.S. interests. Enacting a White Night of martyrdom rather than allowing themselves to fall into the hands of the enem, Peoples Temple collectively and willingly as proud communists began to exectue an act of Revolutionary Suicide Protest.
However, their act of self-martyrdom was cut short as the death squads of the CIA descended upon them as evidenced by the shout ‘Now, Shoot ’em now!’ contained on FBI tape Q042 as the slaughter began of the bright and shining communist martyrs of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, the highest model of communism ever emerging from the North American continent. Col. L. Fletcher Prouty of the U.S. Air Force who held positions attached to Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Central Intelligence Agency for many years states concerning the massacre: ‘the Joint Chiefs of Staff had prepared air shipments of hundreds of body bags. They didn’t normally keep that many in one place. Within hours, they began to shuttle them down to Georgetown, the main city. They couldn’t possibly have done that without prior knowledge that it was going to happen. It shows that there was prior planning. We would provide the agency with the things that they were requesting, without any questions. That’s the way the buisness works.’ At 4:44 a.m. Guyana local time (just about 8 hours after the deaths) the CIA’s National Operations and Intelligence Watch Officers Network broadcast news of ‘mass suicides’ at Jonestown, according to an official report from January 1979, however Guyanese soldiers were the first to arrive on scene, and they did not arrive until more than 12 hours after the network broadcast. With calculation and pre-meditation, the entire Peoples Temple Agricultural Project was martyred, with the CIA and U.S. Special Forces acting as the agents of a mass death that provocateurs such as Grace and Tim Stoen had worked so hard to see come to fruition.
The primary cause of death at Jonestown was murder, not suicide, a position which is upheld by researchers S.F. Alinin, B.G. Antonov and A.N. Itskov, in their Russian-language book ‘The Jonestown Carnage: A CIA Crime’ published by Progress Publishers, USSR in 1987, Fydor Timofeyev of the Embassy of the USSR in Georgetown, Guyana, Dr. C. Leslie Mootoo who was Chief Medical Examiner of Co-operative Republic of Guyana at the time of the martyrdom and the first officially recognized physician on the scene at Jonestown and countless others as a reult of evidence and meticulous research. Joseph Mazor, hired hand of the defector organization ‘Concerned Relatives’ who had led a privately-financed attack against the community as a contracted mercanary a year prior to the martyrdom of November 18th, 1978, admits that his original orders had been to ‘kidnap children and then kill all the adults.’ This attack was repelled by the communist masses of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project who, under the leadership fo Cde. Jim Hones, broadcast their defiance and intention to defend themselves at all costs, which is recorded on the introduction to each of our RPP radio broadcasts ‘Let the Night Roar.’ The final attack on Peoples Temple, engineered by elite intelligence forces, could not be repelled. Each November 18th we remember the martyrs who fell in defense of communism and not only on the anniversary but each and every day we look to Cde. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, cutting through the elaborate disinformation and black propaganda against them which is a result of the massive information suppression by the capitalist power of the United States, as the heroes pertinent to our age and struggle as communists operating inside the belly of the beast. We proudly uphold the Martyrs of November 18th, 1978 and petition our comrades to shake the foundations of their struggle and stand hand-in-hand in lineage with the Peoples Temple and Cde. Jim Jones in their fight to build a meaningful future for mankind, based on cooperation and sharing and eradication of class division.
‘Under the leadership of Cde. Jim Jones, Peoples Temple has been actively engaged in combating injustice and struggling for civil rights causes for some twenty-five years in the United States. The community that Cde. Jones has established here in Guyana represents a successful attempt to build a society free from the economic and racial oppression suffered by millions of people of all races and ages, from children to centenarians, many of them former inhabitants of America’s ghetto areas. Here, on this agriculturally-based, home-made community, built without any outside funding, this great fraternity of people, under the tireless, principled leadership of Cde. Jim Jones, is finding a new lease on life, through pooling of resources, determination, and diligent work. We are aware of the possiblity that the United States may not permit the socialist government here to pursure its course (even though Guyana is currently non-aligned), without similar efforts as were mounted in Chile, as well as in Cuba. We do not see how our organization can avoid a collision course when we are a purely collectivist society, absolutely aligned with the USSR, trying to exist in the context of a society that is nationalistic, with too many in leadership with strong sympathies towards the United States. Various forces in the United States may already be working through these elements to try to maneuver Guyana into their effective sphere of economic (and hence, political) domination, and what could follow thereafter could spell disaster for us.’- Richard D. Tropp, General Secretary of the Union in Georgetown, Guyana dated September 18, 1978, two months before the martyrdom at Jonestown”