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DATELINE: FOSTERING VITAL DISCUSSION ON DRUG ABUSE

Read the full article on +Freedom Magazine http://gplus.link/hp8sb

To encourage dialogue and spur solutions, Freedom offered a forum to each of the 1996 presidential candidates on “What We Can Do About the Drug Problem." In response, President Bill Clinton and presidential candidates Bob Dole, Ross Perot and Harry Browne provided articles, which Freedom published without alteration.

As noted in the introduction to that feature, “Tens of billions of dollars have been consumed in the War on Drugs—and since that is a war America is losing, some say that money is wasted. The bitter reality of lives destroyed by drug abuse, however, requires us to look for effective solutions to the problem." Excerpts from those articles follow.
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Scientology: Safest Buildings in Clearwater, Opened to the Community for Hurricane #Irma

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With Hurricane Irma barreling up the west coast of Florida, the Church of Scientology has opened its facilities to anyone needing a secure place to stay. http://gplus.link/hp3ju

Clearwater, Florida, September 10, 2017 (Newswire.com) – ​The Fort Harrison and the Oak Cove Religious Retreats in Clearwater, Florida, opened their doors today to local residents needing a safe place to stay as Hurricane Irma slams into Florida.

“There are people in cots in the Fort Harrison auditorium," says a Scientology @ScientologyVolunteerMinister who drove in from Texas after weeks on Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. “I'm staying on a cot in the gym at the Oak Cove. Pretty comfortable."

Florida Governor Rick Scott has warned that the entire west coast of Florida will probably experience dangerous storm surge. Some 6.3 million Florida residents—just under a third of the state—have been asked to evacuate.

“During times of disaster, these first responders are the people who are saving lives and we try to look after them so they don't have to be worried or distracted." - Rev. Pat Harney, Spokesperson for the Church of Scientology

Scientologists in Clearwater spent the day helping businesses board up their windows and getting themselves prepared for the storm. Several hundred Scientology Volunteer Ministers are on call for anyone in the community in need of help. Volunteer headquarters is the Scientology Volunteer Ministers center on Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater.

“We've put together hundreds of hygiene kits for people who have moved into temporary shelters," says Church of Scientology spokesperson Rev. Pat Harney. “We have been coordinating with Florida VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), state and federal emergency management personnel, the Clearwater police and the Pinellas Sheriff's Department."

Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) will be available to assist police and firefighters and their families. “During times of disaster, these first responders are the people who are saving lives and we try to look after them so they don't have to be worried or distracted," says Rev. Harney.

VMs have been helping at several shelters set up in the Tampa Bay Area including Pasco Elementary School, where they unloaded three palettes of food and water, Gibbs High School and John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg.

For more information, contact the executive director of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida, Glendy Goodsell, at (727) 467-6965 or email glendy@volunteerministers.org.
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VENEZUELAN POLICE OFFICER SAVES LIVES
By Michael Brennan

Read the full article on +Freedom Magazine http://gplus.link/hk9k3

Venezuelans are starving, prompting desperate people to ransack grocery stores and raid school cafeterias in search of food. The government's failed policies are directly responsible for the nation's misery. On top of that, gangs, militias and guerrillas have contributed to a murder rate that is 14.5 times higher than that in the United States.

North of this brutalized mainland, in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, lies Margarita Island, whose seemingly endless pristine beaches punctuated by palm trees draw sun-seeking tourists annually. Although this scenic isle is not immune to the nation's troubles, one brave, impressive man has helped reverse the island's humanitarian decline.

Edgar Salazar is the commander of the Control Directorate for Meetings and Demonstrations, the tactical unit on Margarita Island responsible for riot control and other high-risk situations. “I can tell you that the riots and crime are better here than the rest of Venezuela," he says, adding, “but in itself it's bad."

Decades ago, Salazar was shocked when he witnessed Margarita Island police officers attacking protesters and tourists. Subsequently, this man of action began to teach police officers the non-violent martial art of aikido, which he calls “a survival tool."

Read the full article on +Freedom Magazine http://gplus.link/hk9k3
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New Scientology religion blog wins Feedspot “Top 50" Award

Just three months since launch, the scientologyreligion.org religious freedom blog has been recognized by Feedspot as one of the 50 best religion blogs on the Internet. Criteria include Google reputation and Google search ranking; influence and popularity on Facebook; twitter and other social media sites; quality and consistency of posts; Feedspot's editorial team and expert review.

With religious freedom an important principle at the heart of Scientology since the religion's inception more than 60 years ago, the blog aims to explore and clarify the subject, bringing global headlines down to earth and ensuring individuals have resources to understand what their rights encompass and what religious freedom truly means.

In a world increasingly beset with religious conflict and misunderstanding—where the media and blogs more often cloud than clarify specific faiths and faith at large—scientologyreligion.org works to provide a new and honest perspective.

“We are honored that Feedspot chose to recognize our contribution to the global conversation on religion," says Church of Scientology International Public Affairs Director Luis Gonzalez. “Feedspot recognition reflects that, although new, scientologyreligion.org has already made an impact, and of that, we are very proud. We look forward to further extending and enriching the online discussion about belief."

Beyond its blog on freedom of religion, scientologyreligion.org serves to provide an in-depth look at the Scientology religion itself through dozens of scholarly papers, a comprehensive overview of its beliefs and practices, and a detailed study of landmark decisions around the world that define religion and protect religious freedom for all. http://gplus.link/hj9b5

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The 2017 Freewinds Maiden Voyage Anniversary Event Gallery, now on our #Facebook page! http://gplus.link/hir4p
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@ScientologyVolunteerMinisters Welcomed to Togo by King of Bassar

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Religious and civil leaders officiated the opening of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers African Goodwill Tour in the Central Togo town of Bassar.

Learning of the Volunteer Ministers program last year, Chief Yawanke, King of Bassar, invited the Church of Scientology to bring the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour to his city. As guardian of the customs and spiritual leader of his people, he recognized the importance of the program to their future prosperity and happiness.

The Church of Scientology International Volunteer Ministers Office arranged for a Goodwill Tour to travel to Togo. The bright yellow pavilion was erected on a hectare of land, donated by the King for this purpose.

The King arranged for the kings of surrounding towns and villages to attend along with 18 of his own chiefs, the Prefect (governor) and Imam of Basar, elders, indigenous priests, the chief of police, and local army officers.
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United for Human Rights Featured in National Museum

The United for Human Rights program plays an important role in Atlanta's legacy of freedom.

In Atlanta, Georgia, the historic soul of the civil rights movement, the flame of that era is kept alive in a stunning museum—the Center for Civil and Human Rights. To help accomplish the Center's purpose of creating a space where visitors may explore and be empowered by the fundamental rights shared by all humanity, the award-winning videos of United for Human Rights are featured in the exhibit.

The Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. The exhibits educate visitors on the bridge between the American civil rights movement and the contemporary struggle for human rights around the world.

Established in 2007, the 42,000-square-foot facility is located on Pemberton Place on land donated by the Coca-Cola Company.

Scientologists and the Church of Scientology are proud to support United for Human Rights and its program for young people, Youth for Human Rights, inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard who observed, “It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights." http://gplus.link/hhjfb

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The Scientology @ScientologyVolunteerMinisters working #HoustonFloods night shift helping 5,000 sitting in cots giving people clothes, towels, shoes, hygiene supplies, diapers #Harvey. Follow our efforts here and at Twitter via @ScientologyVM
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Supporting Effective Drug Education and Prevention Initiatives

Seattle's Drug-Free World Volunteers dedicate an entire month to reaching youth and educators with factual information about the effects of drugs

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Seattle chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World kicked off a month-long series of drug-education events at the annual conference of the Washington Traffic Safety Education Association (WTSEA) in Wenatchee, Washington.

WTSEA Coordinating Secretary Gerald Apple thanked the Foundation for a Drug-Free World for their sponsorship of the conference and for providing nearly 5,500 copies of Truth About Drugs materials to educators attending the program.

In partnership with the Church of Scientology in Seattle which supports their activities, the Foundation held an open house and forum featuring Terrie Johnston, Crime Prevention Coordinator with the Seattle Police Department as the keynote speaker. Ms. Johnston spoke about the spike in heroin use in the greater Seattle area. She spoke of her decades-long partnership with the Church on crime prevention activities and the value of the Foundation's drug prevention work in the community.

Drug-Free World volunteers capped their month-long drug education drive with Red Ribbon Week activities. Red Ribbon Week commemorates the life and courage of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was brutally murdered while on assignment investigating Mexican drug cartels. The volunteers fanned out across downtown Seattle, handing out hundreds of red ribbons and copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets that present the unvarnished truth about the most commonly abused drugs in a youth-friendly format.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. They are dedicated to eradicating drug abuse through education. Author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard stated “Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs." http://gplus.link/heghd

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Churches of Scientology Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers international headquarters calls for hundreds of volunteers to join Hurricane Harvey disaster response. First teams are assembled and deployed.

When Hurricane Harvey hit land in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday, August 25, 130 miles-per-hour winds felled trees and blew roofs off homes and businesses. The storm has left some 300,000 residents without power and flooded or damaged tens of thousands of homes. The President has signed a federal disaster declaration.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has prepared thousands of gallons o f drinking water, sandbags, and other emergency supplies. Those evacuated from coastal towns headed inland toward Austin and Dallas where shelters are set up.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers' network is calling for volunteers across the U.S. to deploy to Texas on a right-now basis.

Volunteer Ministers are trained in unique technology to organize disaster response and bring calm and mental and spiritual relief. The team will assist with whatever is needed to help those affected get back on their feet. Volunteers of all faiths are welcome to participate.

Anyone wishing to help should contact the International Scientology Volunteer Ministers' Headquarters in Los Angeles at (800) HELP-4-YU or 1 (323) 960-1949.
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