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Community Comes Together in Support of the LAPD and a Cleaner and Safer Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- With violent crime on the rise in Los Angeles, more than 50 local businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations joined the LAPD in a community coalition on Faith & Blue Weekend to reclaim the streets of Hollywood with a neighborhood cleanup launched by the Hollywood Community Police Station and co-organized by the Church of Scientology.

October 8 was no ordinary Saturday morning in Hollywood. As crowds gathered in the Capitol Records Building parking lot, tourists and locals soon realized something special was happening. Was it the presentation of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Or an unexpected movie premiere? No. This was the launch of a coalition of more than 50 organizations that decided to take back the streets of Hollywood.

More than 460 volunteers gathered for a community cleanup -- the largest ever done in the area. Two local businesses donated the space and parking for the event that was organized by the LAPD and the Church of Scientology on National Faith & Blue Weekend under the banner "Unity in the Community."

The purpose of Faith & Blue Weekend is to create safer and stronger communities by engaging law enforcement officers and local residents through the connections of faith-based organizations.

Hollywood LAPD Captain Yasir Gillani welcomed the volunteers, thanking them and the many LAPD officers for their support of the project. He gave a special shout-out to the Church of Scientology for bringing the community together to support the program.

Faith & Blue founder Rev. Markel Hutchins, in Los Angeles from Atlanta, Georgia, to launch the Los Angeles Faith & Blue Weekend celebrations, spoke of a turnout like this being proof that when faiths, communities and law enforcement work together, we can bridge differences, increase collaboration and reduce bias and violence.

Those coming on board for a cleaner, safer and more beautiful Hollywood included the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood Partnership, the L.A. Office of Community Beautification, the L.A. Department of Sanitation, and numerous local businesses and faith-based organizations.

The volunteers divided into seven teams, each headed by an LAPD Hollywood Division officer. The City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation and Home Depot equipped them with bags, shovels, brooms and trash pickers.

Teams cleaned 170 city blocks totaling 17 miles of Hollywood streets, and they beautified 200 storefronts by cleaning, painting and removing graffiti.

The trash was carried away by one of the L.A. Department of Sanitation's new zero-emission all-electric garbage trucks.

As the teams returned to the Vine Street staging area at noon, they were serenaded by a mariachi band while they enjoyed a complimentary lunch provided by local businesses including Pinks Hot Dogs, In-N-Out Burger, Tommy's Hamburgers, Domino's Pizza, Sharky's and Fresh Brother's Pizza.

The Church of Scientology, LAPD and The Way to Happiness Foundation have partnered in monthly neighborhood cleanups since 2018, including a special annual scouring of Hollywood Boulevard on the eve of each year's Hollywood Christmas Parade.

After each cleanup, volunteers hand out copies of The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Way to Happiness is a common-sense nonreligious moral code with 21 precepts to guide people to make better choices in their lives. With precepts such as "Set a Good Example," "Safeguard and Improve Your Environment," "Be Worthy of Trust" "Fulfill Your Obligations" and "Be Industrious," The Way to Happiness encourages people to point the way to a moral, less dangerous and happier life.

National Faith & Blue Weekend was created to facilitate safer, stronger, more just and unified communities by directly enabling local partnerships among law enforcement professionals, residents, businesses and community groups through local faith-based organizations. These connections are built through activities held in neighborhoods of every kind across the United States, jointly hosted by houses of worship and local law enforcement entities.




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World Environment Day: Scientologists Say Sustainability Depends on All of Us

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- With its 2022 motto "Only One Earth," World Environment Day organizers recognize that sustainability depends on individual choices. Scientology Churches mark the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day June 5 by emphasizing personal accountability as the key to safeguarding the environment.

"You are listened to. You can influence others," wrote L. Ron Hubbard in the introduction to "The Way to Happiness," a common-sense guide to better living and modern-day moral code applicable to people of all faiths or none.

Churches and Scientologists are emphasizing two precepts in keeping with this year's World Environment Day slogan, "We have #Only One Earth. Let's take care of it."

These precepts are:

Set a Good Example, and

Safeguard and Improve Your Environment

"Cut down too many forests, foul too many rivers and seas, mess up the atmosphere and we have had it," L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the 12th precept of the book. "The surface temperature can go roasting hot, the rain can turn to sulfuric acid. All living things could die."

"Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it.

"It is, after all, what we're standing on."

This year's World Environment Day campaign emphasizes the need "for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet."

To raise awareness about the environment and the need to take action, Scientology Churches and Scientologists are organizing community cleanups. As Mr. Hubbard points out in the introduction to "The Way to Happiness," "It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life."

And Scientology Churches bring together those concerned about this and other vital issues at open house events and conferences to create maximum impact by coordinated action.

"The answer to this planet's problems will not be found in the material. Of this there can be no question," said Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige in an overview he presented of the Scientology religion. "For if those solutions can't prevent war nation to nation, how then can it be expected to answer questions like love, happiness or peace of mind?... What people need are real solutions, real tools to deal with and effectively overcome human problems."

And one such solution supported by Scientology Churches and Scientologists is "The Way to Happiness."

Watch "The Way to Happiness" book on film on the Scientology Network, available on DIRECTV channel 320 and streaming at, through mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.




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Church of Scientology Celebrates African World Heritage Day by Honoring Changemakers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The heritage of Africa depends on what we do now to ensure future generations flourish and prosper says the Church of Scientology. UNESCO set aside May 5 as African World Heritage Day to celebrate the continent's unique cultural and natural heritage and to "spearhead international efforts to draw on the vast potential of Africa's cultural and natural heritage as a force for poverty reduction and social cohesion."

The Church of Scientology sponsors humanitarian programs that address crucial factors preventing the realization of these goals: drug abuse, violation of human rights, illiteracy, and systemic corruption.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 88 percent of children of primary and lower secondary school age (202 million) were reported as not proficient in reading, and 84 percent (193 million) were not proficient in mathematics in 2015, according to the United Nations Statistics Division.

Substance abuse, particularly alcohol consumption, has been on the rise in Africa for years, according to the World Health Organization.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports that of 4,799 trafficking victims detected in 26 sub-Saharan African countries from 2016 to 2019, 3,336 were in West Africa including 2,553 children, and 80 percent of victims were trafficked for forced labor.

And according to Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland QC, sub-Saharan Africa received nearly $2 trillion in Foreign Direct Investment and official development assistance between 1980 and 2018, but lost more than $1 trillion to illicit financial outflows. "When looking at the whole of Africa, that figure rises to $1.3 trillion," she told anticorruption representatives gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for a conference May 3-6. "And let us be clear, $1.3 trillion could lift the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of poverty."

Seen in the light of some 40 percent of the population in Africa being 15 years old and younger, effective programs that provide youth with the tools they need to address these crises are key to the future of this continent.

Voices for Humanity, an original series on the Scientology Network, features changemakers who are tackling these issues in Africa, helping youth of their countries rise up and achieve their full potential:

* Barry Paul fights against the culture of drugs and violence in his native Kenya. He leads a movement to educate youth on the dangers of drugs, inspiring them to choose a better path.

* Nfamara Jawneh spread the message of human rights in The Gambia after a brutal dictatorship massacred students protesting the regime. His campaign is credited with helping to usher in a new era of democracy in the country.

* Dr. Olatunde Odewumi witnessed the devastating impact of illiteracy in his native Nigeria. He confronted the issue by introducing a new method of education developed by L. Ron Hubbard and has since helped educate hundreds of thousands across the country.

* Zambian priest Teddy Sichinga has introduced poverty-stricken communities to "The Way to Happiness," a common-sense guide to better living. The results have been truly remarkable.

Each of these humanitarian initiatives is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and Scientologists. Thanks to their support, all written and audiovisual materials and educator resources are provided free of charge to educators, parents, community and religious leaders and anyone wishing to take effective action to ensure the full potential of their communities.

These and many more episodes of Voices for Humanity are available through the Scientology Network on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streaming at, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.




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Churches of Scientology Promote Community Partnership on National Night Out

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Scientologists across America took a stand against drug abuse and crime August 3 by joining local law enforcement and nonprofit organizations to make National Night Out 2021 special for their communities. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and raises awareness about crime and drug prevention. The Church of Scientology International has backed this initiative for more than three decades.

Scientologists took part in events ranging from neighborhood barbecues, live concerts and family fun days hosted by their Church of Scientology to helping organize neighborhood events and providing drug and crime prevention materials to those attending.

"We support this initiative and its purpose of making neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live," says Fabio Amicarelli, Director of Humanitarian Programs of the Church of Scientology International.

The numbers show a clear relationship between drug use and crime:

* 21 percent of those sentenced in state prisons and local jails are incarcerated for crimes committed to obtain drugs or money for drugs.

* Drugs are a factor in almost 40 percent of those jailed or imprisoned for property crimes.

* 14 percent of those incarcerated for violent crimes report they committed their most serious offenses for drug-related reasons.

Scientology Churches sponsor chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World and the Foundation's award-winning Truth About Drugs initiative. They also provide drug education specialist training and work with local educators, police, churches and nonprofits to reach youth on this vital subject.

And in a direct address to crime, they use The Way to Happiness, the common-sense moral code written by humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. With it, they assist community crime prevention efforts and provide police and correctional officers with tools to help inmates and ex-offenders become ethical and productive members of their communities.

Examples of the use and success of these programs are documented in the original television series Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

Learn more about "The Way to Happiness" at:

For more information, contact
Church of Scientology International Media Relations
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For World Friendship Day, the Church of Scientology Shares the Key to Lasting Relationships

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Church of Scientology International extends an invitation to people of goodwill to join Scientology Churches and Missions in support of International Day of Friendship, a United Nations initiative that promotes "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" and seeks to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities."

In observing this UN Day, Scientologists share two precepts from "The Way to Happiness," the common-sense moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard, that hold the key to lasting friendships:

* "Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you," and

* "Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you."

"Among many peoples in many lands for many ages there have been versions of what is called 'The Golden Rule,'" wrote Mr. Hubbard. "The philosophic question concerning wrongdoing, the argument of what is wrong is answered at once on a personal basis: Would you not like that to happen to you? No? Then it must be a harmful action and, from society's viewpoint, a wrong action. It can awaken social consciousness. It can then let one work out what one should do and what one should not do."

As to the second and positive version of the rule, "One can get into a lot of conflicting opinions and confusions about what 'good behavior' might be," Mr. Hubbard wrote. "If one were to think over how he or she would like to be treated by others, one would evolve the human virtues. Just figure out how you would want people to treat you."

The full text of these precepts, available on the website of The Way to Happiness Foundation, provide know-how for an individual wishing to implement the guidelines personally or take them up with others to help them salvage or enhance interpersonal relationships.

Putting these and the other 19 precepts of "The Way to Happiness" into action has everything to do with the purpose of International Friendship Day, because, as Mr. Hubbard points out:

"Aside from personal benefit, one can take a hand, no matter how small, in beginning a new era for human relations.

"The pebble, dropped in a pool, can make ripples to the furthest shore."

Scientology Churches mark International Friendship Day with open house events and forums where they share successful application of "The Way to Happiness" in addressing issues of importance to the community. They also reach out with "The Way to Happiness" information stands and distribution events to share the booklet and its wealth of knowledge.

An interactive timeline on the Scientology website documents how the Church of Scientology Kansas City and local community activists used "The Way to Happiness" in Peace Rides, based on the effectiveness of Peace Rides in Los Angeles. The KC team distributed "The Way to Happiness" to promote a climate of unity and peace, counter violence and reverse the city's climbing homicide rate. In honor of the event, Kansas City rapper and recording artist Kodde One wrote the anthem "Hold Yo' Head High" to help spread the booklet's message of brotherhood throughout the city.

Other examples of the impact of "The Way to Happiness" are featured on the Scientology Network in episodes of the original series Voices for Humanity, which spotlights the work of humanitarians using the booklet to address societal needs.

These episodes include the work of:

* Rev. Father Teddy Sichinga, who uses "The Way to Happiness" to empower poverty-stricken farmers and villagers in Zambia;

* Diana Pedroni, who in partnership with the director of National Prevention and Citizen Security in the Dominican Republic, distributed the booklet throughout the country resulting in a 21 percent drop in crime;

* Rosalba and José Cordero and their Social Development and Recovery of Values Association, who not only educate young people with these precepts in schools, they also bring the program to inmates across Mexico's entire prison system resulting in 99 percent of their graduates living lives free of crime.

Those using "The Way to Happiness" in their communities share rave reviews of its effectiveness:

"I firmly believe that "The Way to Happiness" can change the perspective of many people to life and difficult situations that arise in it," writes the coordinator of social rehabilitation and rehabilitation center for young offenders.

"Extremely motivating and inspiring. Moreover, in this world of intolerance and violence, the messages of peace and sharing can bring about a change in the world," wrote a teacher.

"Two precepts really took my daughter's interest," wrote a parent. "'Be Industrious' and 'Flourish and Prosper.' She never looked back after that and has since carried a seemingly unkillable momentum and spirit about life. I have no doubt what started her turnaround. It was 'The Way to Happiness'."

For more information on "The Way to Happiness," contact your local Church of Scientology or visit the website of The Way to Happiness Foundation.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.



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