Clearwater, Florida, April 22nd 2014 – Jamie DeWolf, great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, will speak at May's anti-Scientology conference, "Flag Down 2014". This 5-day conference will reveal the abusive conditions, financial exploitation, coerced abortions and broken families that lie behind the Scientology organization's veneer of religiosity.
DeWolf is the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, being the grandson of Hubbard's son Ronald DeWolf, who helped build Hubbard’s Scientology empire in the 1950s but later denounced him as a fraud. His live NPR performance on the subject entitled “The God and the Man” was a viral hit earlier this year wth over 500,000 views in two days, and has been awarded Snap Judgment’s “Performance of the Year.” DeWolf has described Scientology as "the most brilliantly engineered pyramid scam I've ever seen" and Clearwater as "a city they bullied their way into and devoured".
The press conference, Flag Down 2014, will see DeWolf joined by a host of ex-members and critics from around the world, including authors Russell Miller (1987's "Bare-faced Messiah"), John Duignan (2008's "The Complex"), Geir Isene (2013's "Nineteen Eighty-Four") and the BBC's John Sweeney (2013's "The Church of Fear"). Four of the speakers are defectors from the Scientology organization's elite pseudo-paramilitary wing, the "Sea Org".
Flag Down 2014 will be held in the Florida city of Clearwater, home of the "Flag Land Base", which has long been claimed by Scientology as its "spiritual headquarters" in the face of local residents' opposition. It begins at 18:30 (EDT) on Monday, May 5th and subsequent days at the Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave N in Clearwater.
NOTE TO EDITORS
To schedule an interview with any Flag Down 2014 speaker, contact the organizers:
– Pete Griffiths - firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 474-1238
– Laura Flynn - email@example.com or (727) 940-5671
For more information, visit: http://www.FlagDown.org
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