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Citizens Commission on Human Rights is More Determined Than Ever to End Coercive Psychiatric Practices

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog organization established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology, is determined to see to the immediate and full implementation of the UN and WHO direction to end psychiatric human rights abuse.

Just Like Magic, It’s Snowing in Hollywood at L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- It was 70-something degrees and clear skies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But there was a layer of real snow on the ground around Santa's cabin at L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland. This holiday village is a tradition that began in 1983, when author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard first provided a 60-foot Christmas tree as a gift to the people of Hollywood.

U.S. Scientology Volunteer Ministers in the Spotlight When a New Documentary Premiered on International Volunteer Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The UN's theme for this year's World Volunteer Day was 'the power of collective action.' And nowhere was that message exemplified more than the collective action of Scientology Volunteer Ministers everywhere in their response to the pandemic.

Church of Scientology of Ventura Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- December 10 marked the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world's premier human rights document. In celebration of this milestone, the Church of Scientology of Ventura held a human rights open house and conference featuring guest speaker Regina Hatcher-Crawford, president of Ventura County NAACP. The theme of the presentation was freedom and equality for all.

Congressional Recognition for the 40th Anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland: Making the Holidays Special for Hollywood Families

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- On behalf of U.S. Congressman Luis Correa, his community liaison Ms. Gabriella Lemus presented the Church of Scientology with a certificate of special recognition from the United States House of Representatives in honor of the 40th anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland.

Our Help is Yours: Humanitarian Initiatives Supported by the Church of Scientology

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Drug abuse and spiking overdose deaths. Failed marriages and broken families. Bullying, corruption and crime. Dead-end careers or jobs that don't pay the bills or dish out a constant diet of stress. Are these and other issues, conditions and problems simply a fact of life? Or is there a way to take action and change them? Voices for Humanity, an award-winning original series on the Scientology Network, documents how diverse individuals are changing conditions like these and making a difference in their own and others' lives.

Church of Scientology of Rome Promotes a Culture of Human Rights for a Better Word

ROME, Italy /ScoopCloud/ -- The Church of Scientology of Rome, in coordination with the Association of Arts, Culture and Human Rights, organized a celebration and awards ceremony in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

A Wish for a Joyful Holiday Season From the Church of Scientology

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The holidays should be a time of joy. But challenges, problems and disappointments can cast a pall on the season. The Church of Scientology encourages anyone facing issues that threaten their happiness to take heart. Because, no matter the challenges, Something Can Be Done About It.

New Film Shows the Dedication of the Church of Scientology to Help Other Religious Communities Make It Through the Worst of Times

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Operation: Do Something About It, the feature-length film that premiered on the Scientology Network this week, documents the work of Scientology Volunteer Ministers across the globe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their highest priorities was to help congregations of diverse faiths, ordered closed in the early days of the pandemic, reopen safely to serve their congregations.

To Make Hollywood Shine, the Church of Scientology and the Hollywood Village Initiative Went All Out on Their Holiday Cleanup

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Hollywood Neighborhood Cleanup team, sponsored by the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre and its Hollywood Village initiative, joined forces with other community organizations and the LAPD. They spread cheer along Hollywood Boulevard as volunteers held their annual cleanup in advance of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW Network.

Publisher of L. Ron Hubbard’s Nonfiction Works and the Mayor of Commerce Ring in the Holiday Season with a Special Dinner for Local Seniors

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- For seniors, living alone or far from loved ones, the holidays, once joyful, can be a very lonely time. To remind residents of TELACU Gardens and TELACU Manor Senior Apartments how important they are to the community, Bridge Publications, publisher of the nonfiction works of author and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, and City of Commerce Mayor Hugo Argumedo held a holiday banquet for the residents.

Meet Scientologist Pam Ryan-Anderson and See How She Continues to Create a Remarkable Christmas for the Clearwater Community

CLEARWATER, Fla. /ScoopCloud/ -- Winter Wonderland is celebrating 30 years of bringing joy to the children of Clearwater. But how is the grass-covered park in downtown Clearwater transformed into a magical Christmas village? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the year-round work that results in its magical materialization. Watch Meet a Scientologist: Pam Ryan-Anderson on the Scientology Network.

Documentary on the Church of Scientology Response to the Pandemic Proves No Matter How Grave the Situation, Something Can be Done About It

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Scientology Churches across the country invited the community to join them for the premiere of Operation: Something Can Be Done About It. The feature-length documentary produced by Scientology Media Productions aired on International Volunteer Day, December 5. The film documents the response of the Church of Scientology to the Covid pandemic, not only to help parishioners and staff but to reach out indiscriminately on an unparalleled scale across the globe to ensure the safety of every sector of society. A sampling of feedback shows the impact of the film.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland Celebrates 40 Years of Making Christmas Special for Hollywood Families and Visitors in Town for the Holidays

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Traffic came to a standstill on Hollywood Boulevard Sunday, December 3, as Santa Claus drove up on a red Harley-Davidson Electra Glide to cut the ribbon, opening L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland adjacent to the Church of Scientology Los Angeles Information Center. He was joined by his elves, Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Richard Fields, and nationally syndicated radio show host Kerri Kasem to the delight of hundreds of cheering children.

International Human Rights Day Open House to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

FLORENCE, Ky. /ScoopCloud/ -- Award-winning human rights and anti-trafficking activist Harold D'Souza, president and cofounder of Eyes Open International, will be guest speaker Sunday, December 10, at an International Human Rights Day celebration at the Church of Scientology of Greater Cincinnati from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 283 Main St., Florence, Kentucky.

Church of Scientology Pasadena Open House and Interfaith Panel Promotes Respect, Diversity and Religious Freedom for All

PASADENA, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- A religious freedom conference and open house at the Church of Scientology Pasadena brought faith leaders together to promote diversity and respect at a time when rising hate crimes, conflict and war bring the importance of religious freedom and understanding into sharp relief. The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission reports that hate crimes in Los Angeles County have reached the second highest level in more than 20 years. And the news is filled with religious conflicts that have spiraled into war.

A Story of Hope, Help and Humanity Airs for the First Time on the Scientology Network on International Volunteer Day

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- While most of the world went "on pause" during the pandemic, Mother Nature certainly did not-nor did the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, a religious social service founded in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

New Interactive Timeline on Scientology.org Shows What Scientologists Mean When They Say ‘Our Help is Yours’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- At the 39th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige briefed the 7,000 members and guests gathered at Saint Hill in the UK on the magnitude and impact of humanitarian and social betterment activities supported by the IAS over the past four years.

Bringing the Truth About Drugs to the Fan Zone as the Bruins and Bears Faced Off at the Rose Bowl in Their Final PAC-12 Game

PASADENA, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- While two of California's favorite college teams faced each other on the football field this weekend, drug-prevention activists from nearby Scientology Churches set up a bright teal tent in the fan zone to win a different kind of competition altogether: reaching kids before drug dealers do.

25 Years of Service to the Community Honored at the Church of Scientology of the Valley

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Serving the North Hollywood community since 1998, the Women's Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology of the Valley has established a reputation for always stepping up with help. They celebrated their 25th anniversary with a banquet and award presentation along with a silent auction to raise funds for their charity work.

Giant Christmas Tree Arrives for the 40th Anniversary of a Hollywood Tradition Begun by L. Ron Hubbard

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Hollywood Christmas season got off to a great start November 20 with the arrival of a giant Christmas tree to mark the 40th Anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland. Passersby on the Hollywood Walk of Fame watched in awe as the 6,000-pound giant grand fir was hoisted into place next to the Church of Scientology Los Angeles Information Center by a 40-ton crane at the end of its 900-mile journey from Sheridan, Oregon.

The Motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister is Something Can Be Done About It: No Matter When and No Matter Where

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Disasters, whether great or small, do not comply with the calendar. And whether the scope of the difficulty affects a single family, or hundreds of thousands or more, Scientology Volunteer Ministers live by the motto that no matter the difficulty, "Something Can Be Done About It."

City of Commerce Mayor and Bridge Publications Team Up to Make Thanksgiving Special for Local Seniors

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Knowing the loneliness some elderly residents feel as the holidays approach, City of Commerce Mayor Mr. Hugo Argumedo, his wife Jessa, and volunteers from Bridge Publications Inc., publisher of the nonfiction works of author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, provided more than 200 Thanksgiving meals to local seniors.

Church of Scientology Los Angeles Launches the Holiday Season with a Turkey Giveaway

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- To help bring the joy of the season to life, the Church of Scientology is holding a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway again this year. It takes place Sunday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in what has become a tradition over the past few years.

Churches of Scientology Count Down to the 75th Anniversary of an Event that Literally Defined Human Rights

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- As we count down to the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Scientology Churches and Scientologists gear up to achieving the goal of universal human rights. They are inspired by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard who believed that "human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream."

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Reach Out to Flood Victims With Help

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Responding to a call from the civil protection department in early November, Scientology Volunteer Ministers reached out to the municipality of Campi Bisenzio with help. The Bisenzio River, for which the town is named, had overflowed, wreaking havoc.

Italian Volunteers Say an Active, Creative Lifestyle is a Much Better High Than Drugs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Is LSD harmless? Can a single hit of crack hurt you? How addictive is heroin, really? And what about marijuana? "You need to know the truth about drugs," say the volunteers of Foundation for the Drug-Free World Italy - the drug education and prevention initiative supported by the Church of Scientology.

Publisher of the Works of L. Ron Hubbard Gets a Jump on the Holiday Season by Sharing the ‘Not So Secret’ Secret of Happiness

EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- In "My Philosophy," one of his most popular essays, author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days."

Can a Pair of New Socks Make a Difference to the Houseless?

SEATTLE, Wash. /ScoopCloud/ -- Warm, dry socks are essential to anyone living on the streets, according to charities serving the homeless, yet those making donations of clothes and food rarely think of socks as a vital commodity. According to one Seattle nonprofit, "for folks living outside, clean socks are an absolute necessity and a very difficult thing to come by." So Seattle Scientology Volunteer Ministers marked "Make a Difference Day" by donating socks to the Queen Anne Helpline and Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart and the Jean Kim Foundation Hygiene Center.

CCHR Demands Psychiatrists Immediately End Cruel and Harmful Practices in the Name of Mental Health

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- As the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) convened its annual congress in Vienna, hundreds of activists from Citizens Commission on Human Rights Austria and chapters across Europe marched through the streets, insisting psychiatrists immediately cease their use of ECT (electroconvulsive treatment) and all coercive and harmful practices in the field of mental health.

Reaching Out on Veterans Day to Help Prevent Suicides

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- This Veterans Day, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the nonprofit mental health watchdog founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology, warns veterans and their families of the hidden enemy behind veteran suicides. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs, "Every day, some 17 veterans take their own lives."

Church of Scientology Mission of Modena Dedicates New Home

MODENA, Italy /ScoopCloud/ -- The city of Modena represents the best of the old and new. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural gems and museums displaying some of the best-loved masterpieces of the 16th century, it is also the car capital of Italy. Birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, automobile manufacturing, speed and precision are part of its DNA.

Help in Action: Conference Dedicated to Bettering Migrants’ Lives

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- The Church of Scientology Los Angeles hosted a conference where Los Angeles Latinx community and civic leaders reviewed situations affecting migrants and their families. They invited human rights icon Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra and Mexican state and national officials to brief them on urgent issues affecting the migrant community and recommend policy changes.

Tolerance or Respect? Scientology Church Believes Communication is the Key to Friendship Among Faiths

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- In the spirit of interfaith understanding and friendship, the Church of Scientology Budapest invites all to attend an International Day of Tolerance open house and roundtable on the theme Tolerance or Respect? For any group or religion, it is easy to love someone who thinks the way its own members do. The challenge is to love and understand those who think differently.

Gone but Not Forgotten: Church of Scientology Hosts Day of the Dead Festival

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /ScoopCloud/ -- Dia de los Muertos is not a day of sorrow but of joy. The Los Angeles Oaxacan Community honored the departed at the day's annual celebration at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. Families celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones, welcoming them back as honored guests, serenading them, dancing traditional dances, and preparing their favorite foods.