AFABW Int Rocks Phoenix
December 3, 2005 – Phoenix, AZ: AFABW Int members participated in a musical networking event at the Phoenix Church of Scientology that featured representatives from social betterment groups as well as live music, food and socializing. Group representatives spoke about their activities helping the community and the audience was treated to some powerfully energetic and inspiring musical performances in addition to food and networking.
Music was performed by a number of AFABW Int members and included three bands: A Prevalence, New Age Brotherhood, and ARNAK.
The event was produced by AFABW Int member, Sylvie Taft, who said, “Artists For A Better World International is about supporting and helping others through aesthetics. I was inspired by all the great things going on to help build a better world!”
AFABW Int President, George Alger, gave a talk on the group’s expansion and presented the international art properties launched this year, including the AFABW Int Africa music compilation CD, the AFABW Int poetry compilation book, Bamboo Souls, and the just-released AFABW Int 2006 Fine Arts Calendar. He also spoke of AFABW Int’s support of The Way To Happiness Foundation, and presented the AFABW Int The Way To Happiness booklet.
Phoenix Mission Holder, Mike Scott, announced the news of a brand-new Phoenix Scientology Mission and invited the audience to stop by and let him know their ideas on how he could better serve the local community.
Applied Scholastics representative for the area, Judy White, presented teacher training programs and continuing education courses that teach educators the skills and strategies they need to unravel student struggles in academic achievement.
Jason Olson, from the World Institute Of Scientology Enterprises in Phoenix, spoke about disseminating the administrative works of renowned author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard for use in organizational, professional and private endeavors to bring about greater prosperity.
Volunteer Minister, Kemal Sondergeld, spoke of her experiences helping Katrina hurricane victims in Louisiana and the personal satisfaction of helping others.
Representing the Arizona Criminon organization, was Pat Dockter, who spoke of addressing the causes of criminality through effective drug detoxification, education and common-sense programs that restore the criminal’s self-respect thus making them responsible for their actions so that they may become ethical and productive citizens.
Jeff Griffin, Executive Director of the Western United States Citizens Commission of Human Rights, gave a compelling presentation on the damaging effects created by psychiatric barbarisms rampant in society and the progress being made to eliminate such abuses.
Youth For Human Rights representative, Claire Kevitt, also from LA, gave an enlightening talk about how their organization is working in support of the United Nations to bring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to youth around the world, through essay and art contests and by providing materials for students and teaching guides for schools.
ARNAK performed about 17 different numbers, which included a mixture of oldies and Holiday songs. They also performed their original song, “Pharmaceutical Suicide.” ARNAK is comprised of Geoff Taft, lead singer and lead guitarist; Geoffrey Taft, bass; Claire Wagner, vocals and keyboard; and Sylvie Taft, vocals and percussion.
The band, A Prevalence, comprised of Sean Haigney on lead vocals, Tyler Beal on rhythm guitar and guest percussionist Josh Saks, performed an original song called “2 Hands 1 Home” and a cover song titled “7 Years” by the band Saosin.
New Age Brotherhood performed 3 original songs written by Tom Little, which were “Rock The World,” “Straight Up And Vertical” and “Bridge To Total Freedom.” New Age Brotherhood includes Tom Little on vocals and acoustic guitar, Val Gameriro on lead guitar, Jesse Turner on backup vocals and Cory Montoya on backup vocals.
Stage Manager, Rock Wagner, set up the stage and kept the technology organized and operational.
Artists For A Better World International is dedicated to building a worldwide network of artists who share a vision of creating a better world through aesthetics. The group includes members of the Church of Scientology as well as artists and art enthusiasts of all religions, nationalities, creeds, races and cultures. In short, any and all who desire to help in the creation of a better world.