I have noted many times that the “humanitarian” and “4D campaigns” engaged in by scientology are simply photo and video opportunities that are then used for fundraising pitches.
It’s a repeated pattern that permeates all aspects of scientology. Staged events for video footage. Even inside the orgs we have routinely seen announcements for people to “come on course because SMP will be here filming,” or “we need people to gather on the street in front of the org for an SMP shoot.”
But the Volunteer Ministers/Drug Free World/Youth For Human Rights/Way to Happiness activities are the ultimate measure of staged events.
Just look at the above list of important instructions. Of course, it includes ensuring there are photos/videos. But NOTHING about collecting or counting the signatures or what to do with them… Or even HOW they will be used.
In fact, they have NO IDEA what these signatures are for other than an opportunity to get images of people doing so.
The photos and video footage will all be sent in to Scientology Media Productions (SMP) where someone will go through it to pick out any good footage. That will be combined with footage from other places and turned into a montage that makes it look like hundreds of people signed (with every org being told to do this, even if they only got 3 people each that would be 450). This video will be presented with the usual hype “all over the world people recognize us as the leaders in the fight for human rights, tens of thousands joined us in our campaign…” blah blah blah. The scrolls with the signatures are put in the trash. Nobody really cares about them, they were just props and if anyone sent them to OSA Int they wouldn’t have a clue what to do with them either… The video will be “proof” used by IAS Registrars to persuade people to hand over more cash to “support our activities” — yet the IAS funds NONE of this activity. They may sometimes pay for a video crew from SMP to fly somewhere to film “VMs in action” or the activities of an “IAS Freedom Medal Winner” but they are extremely stingy when it comes to doling out money — though if you listen to the IAS reg pitches you would imagine they are spending tens of millions every year “saving the planet.”
Just another aspect of the scam that is scientology.