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Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:04 AM

How many of you know that Congresswoman Jackie Speier

was left for dead in that Jonestown Massacre in Guyana.

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Reply How many of you know that Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Original post)
malaise Jun 2016 OP
liberal N proud Jun 2016 #1
malaise Jun 2016 #2
Her Sister Jun 2016 #3
malaise Jun 2016 #4
mcar Jun 2016 #5
sufrommich Jun 2016 #6
malaise Jun 2016 #7
bigtree Jun 2016 #8
gopiscrap Jun 2016 #9
Starry Messenger Jun 2016 #10
malaise Jun 2016 #11
malaise Jun 2016 #12
BootinUp Jun 2016 #13
stevenleser Jun 2016 #14
malaise Jun 2016 #15
ronnykmarshall Jun 2016 #16

Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:05 AM

1. Thanks for sharing that.




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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:08 AM

2. I remember her story well

http://www.rollcall.com/news/home/jonestown-murders-jackie-speier-37-years
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Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

On Nov. 18, 1978, she was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America. Her boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four others lay dead nearby, killed by gunfire as they tried to escape Jonestown, the commune built by cult leader Jim Jones.

Nearly 40 years later, Speier still remembers why she decided to get on a plane to go down on the ill-fated congressional trip.

“Back in 1978, there were not many women in high-ranking positions in Congress," said Speier, who was legislative counsel for Ryan at the time. "I felt if I didn’t go, it would be a step back for women holding these high positions. I thought, 'I can’t not go.'”

So she went, accompanying Ryan and 23 other people to Guyana, on the northeastern coast of South America, attempting to visit Jim Jones and nearly 1,000 followers he’d amassed.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:11 AM

3. Wow!

 




Congresswoman Left for Dead at Jonestown Recalls the Massacre, 37 Years Later - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/home/jonestown-murders-jackie-speier-37-years#sthash.jvpORQ4C.dpuf

Yet this info not on her Wiki Page!? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Speier

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Response to Her Sister (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:13 AM

4. Yep - she was one of the few survivors

Brave woman

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:14 AM

5. Wow!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:19 AM

6. Wow,I did not know that. Last night one of the

congresswoman was telling her story of how she got involved with politics and gun control.She was a 911 operator who had to listen to a child beg her uncle not to shoot her and then heard the shots,it was a brutal story.

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:23 AM

7. I watched that

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:25 AM

8. awesome

...thanks for posting! I had forgotten about survivors from the delegation.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:39 AM

9. I knew that

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:42 AM

10. I do. She's my rep.

Love her.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:44 AM

11. LOL

She was so young when Jim Jones' goons shot her

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:27 PM

12. She was just on Chris Hayes

Good interview/discussion

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:31 PM

13. I remember the incident

didn't know she was now a US House Rep.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:32 PM

14. I had her on my radio show a while back, we talked about that and other stuff. nt

 

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 08:33 PM

15. Nice

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:02 PM

16. Yup I knew that.

And in 2008 right here on DU when she endorsed Hillary she was attacked as "a nobody".

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