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Who had the biggest booth at the Black Caucus DC confab this month? Scientology, that’s who.

The Congressional Black Conference Foundation held its Annual Legislative Conference this month and Scientology was on hand to spread its message of hatred against psychiatry. The event draws over 30,000 attendees to Washington, DC.

Black politicians, clergy, activists and artists came together for three days to meet, discuss, and to honor those who have worked to improve conditions for the black community. Attendees included Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Senators and presidential candidates Corey Booker and Kamala Harris, Reps. Maxine Waters, John Lewis, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the singer-songwriter Maxwell and ballet dancer Misty Copeland.


[Dr. Joseph Green]


But it’s the Event Hall that draws our attention. Corporations and nonprofits can rent space in booths in the hall to distribute literature and draw attention to their programs. There’s a marketplace for purchasing items from black owned businesses. The Center for Haitian Studies had a booth, as did the National Society for Black Engineers.


None surpassed Scientology’s booth which was larger than that of the NAACP or the Congressional Black Conference Foundation itself. We’ve added “CCHR” to the hall map, booth 236. The order form says this size of booth costs $18,000 for non-profits, a considerable discount from the $44,000 corporate rate. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was on display in the hall’s largest booth with their “Industry of Death” exhibit, with emphasis on Scientology’s claim that the “psychs” target blacks and minorities.

Rev. Fred Shaw and Dr. Joseph Green opened the exhibition. Both have long been Scientology allies, involved in CCHR and raising money for the IAS. The booth proclaims that psychiatry is “oppressing blacks and minorities.” Scientology’s press release claims that psychiatry is racist because African-American men are diagnosed with serious mental disorders more frequently than whites.


It’s a very selective use of statistics. The incidence of mental illness is similar across ethnic groups in the U.S. What is not similar is the level of care each receives. Blacks and other minorities suffer more often from serious mental disorders because they receive less care. This may be due to lack of insurance, mental illness stigma in the community, language barriers and lack of ethnic diversity among providers.


[Rev. Fred Shaw]

Scientology’s claim that mental health providers target minorities for controversial and experimental psychiatric treatments is laughable on its face. It’s not hard to guess what incident they are trying to use to their advantage. It’s an attempt to smear mental health providers by indirectly referencing the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, in which black males were told they were receiving medical treatment from the U.S. Government. In fact they were untreated in an unethical attempt to gather data on the natural history of the disease. It’s a shameful incident in U.S. history and one that many if not all of the attendees know well. The dog-whistle reference to Tuskegee in a Scientology lie is an insult to the patients who suffered harm from their government.

— Rod Keller



Bonus items from our tipsters

Actual caption from Scientology Pasadena: “Welcome our newest staff member, Andrew Wakley! He was on his auditor training when he decided to join staff. He’s a total rockstar! We’re so happy to have him on the team. Interested in joining staff? DM me for more information!”


The Columbus Ideal Org is completed, but its signage was still covered up before the start of this weekend’s East U.S. “Unity Conference.” It still strikes us odd that the org, which has yet to be graced by the presence of David Miscavige for a grand opening, would hold a convention in this state.


And last night, when the convention was supposed to be in full swing, the lights were on but there wasn’t much sign of life…



Source Code

“The history of Guk should be known to you. For a long time we had been scouting for the one-shot Clear, whereby a person walks in, you take a hypodermic syringe and shoot it in his arm, he goes up against the ceiling and comes down Clear. And we had been talking about this for some time as something feasible. Around 15 July 1950 a chemical engineer (the ex-director of research at the Bloch Chemical Company) told us about an atropine derivative that might be used.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 29, 1950


Overheard in the FreeZone

“The Freezone is going to have to be unified so that we can establish orgs where families can go within easy reach. I have been saying this all along. There are no youngsters to train as auditors and when all us in our 50s+ are gone, who will audit anybody?”


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Inside Jesse Prince’s book about Scientology: Doing L. Ron Hubbard’s dirty work
[TWO years ago] Turning hurricane chaos into gold? Scientology might learn something from L. Ron Hubbard
[THREE years ago] ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ audiobook on sale, and we’re doing a Reddit AMA at noon
[FOUR years ago] O Canada: We’re in Vancouver today, getting our British Columbia on. Let’s talk Scientology!
[FIVE years ago] Jon Atack takes his presentation — ‘Scientology: The Cult of Greed’ — to Russia
[SIX years ago] Sunday Funnies: Nothing But Unstoppable Scientology Expansion in Every Direction!
[SEVEN years ago] Michael Lewis (Johnny’s Dad) Scheduled for Scientology Event Tonight
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology High School, Dating, and Super Powers! A Post-Countdown Roundup


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,582 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,711 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,215 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,735 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 755 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 646 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,953 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,821 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,595 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,369 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,715 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,281 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,200 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,368 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,949 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,210 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,249 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,961 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,487 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,013 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,576 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,716 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,036 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,892 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,011 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,366 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,669 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,775 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,177 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,049 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,632 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,127 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,381 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,490 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 29, 2019 at 07:00

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