For more than 25 years, the Independents have been celebrating Independence Day as a symbol of their freedom.
Here I am last year with some of the original Independents, (standing in the middle) Valerie Standfield Class VIII, Ellen Jones, Original Class VI, Scientologist since 1954, Louise Williams Class VI from Australia.
Since 1982 there has been a tradition to celebrate the Independent’s Independence Day with all those who walked out to freedom.
For many years the now departed Thea Greenberg hosted the parties which grew with time and later Class VIII Valerie Standfield held the parties at her house in the Valley by the side of her beautiful swimming pool.
Back then the Independents did not have it as easy as now and they had to be very secretive about their location, the time and the participants.
The original Independents were being constantly crushed and harassed by OSA and the irony is that at the head of it was none other than Marty Rathbun.
These are some pictures from last year where we had such a great time.
Many of those independents were LRH’s most trusted friends and notable contributors to Scientology; as well as prominent auditors, some trained by Ron himself. That group of people had integrity, did not put up with the new regime and simply walked out to continue Scientology outside the control of David Miscavige.
Last year over 100 people came to the party that my husband and I hosted for all of the independents in the area. A lot has happened since then and the field outside the Church of Scientology is growing.
This year I chose to have a quiet celebration with just my PCs and very close friends, because I have been very busy auditing, writing and doing other projects and did not have time to prepare for a big crowd. Nevertheless we had a blast! The food was fantastic! Live music by two Latin Beauties, lots of talk and then the fireworks from the top of the mountain!
Enjoying the great potluck so typical of the 4 of July!
My friend Silvia Kusada joined a lot of her friends in the 4 of July Celebration in Texas!