AAWA’s Key Strategies for 2017
- Make AAWA.CO an easy website to navigate for visitors who want current and relevant information about abusive Watchtower policies, which are enforced by Jehovah’s Witness elders.
- Work closely with AJWRB.org (Advocates for Jehovah’s Witnesses Reform on Blood) to ensure that current and relevant information is available about Watchtower’s blood policy.
- Shift the focus to the undue influence that Watchtower brings to bear on its members to enforce policies which violate basic human rights. To this end, we will promote and support the activities of the Open Minds Foundation (openmindsfoundation.org)
- Make grant applications for three special projects to educate and adjudicate Watchtower’s violations of human rights and their use of coercive control to elicit complicity on the part their members
- Provide information related to abusive Watchtower policies and make it easily accessible to the press and media, by using up-to-date videos, articles, fliers, research, arguments and evidence.
- Assist film makers, writers, websites and bloggers to report Watchtower abuses (i.e. Gregorio Smith’s documentary, “Truth Be Told”, etc.) – Link.
- Partner with snapnetwork.org (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests); NAPAC (Peter Saunders), which is the sister version of SNAP in the U.K.; childfriendlyfaith.org (provides support for faith communities), freedomofmind.com (creates awareness of the methods of undue influence); infosekta.ch (helps members of sect-like communities); and icsahome.com (an international cultic studies association).
- Work with expert researchers and mental-health practitioners to compare the abuses and methods of control of Jehovah’s Witnesses with other cult-like groups, and to share the findings.
- Draft and/or share personal interest stories, press releases and op-ed pieces to the newspapers and other media outlets about Watchtower abuses.
- Organize and convene conferences, meetings and events to provide evidence of abuses.
- Meet with and educate hospital personnel, resident doctors and medical students at their Universities to explain the Jehovah’s Witness blood transfusion policy.
- Convene a think tank of scholars, lawyers and politicians to make the public aware of policies, from groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses, which violate basic human rights and break up families.
- Work with legal experts and other authorities to bring attention to the Watchtower’s fraudulent misuse of their charity status to gain tax breaks and their misuse of tax money to maintain their vast real estate holdings.
- Conduct a study to see if Jehovah’s Witnesses, a pseudo-religious group, use a disproportionate amount of the social welfare system due to Watchtower policies. We suspect, that percentage wise, more JWs are subsidized by the welfare system than members of benevolent religious groups.
- Work with universities and research teams in USA, Canada and Poland.
- Promote Steven Hassan’s book, Combating Cult Mind Control , Jon Atack’s book, Opening Minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing and Bonnie Zieman’s five books about how to recover after leaving the high-control of the Watchtower cult.
- Assist AAWA volunteers to take legal action against the Watchtower’s harmful policies.
- Assist writers to tell their personal stories about how they were able to leave the Watchtower and move on to lead more productive and happier lives.
We will continue to provide updates as we progress and meet these objectives. We know that there is much to do and our success will require total dedication, wide participation, and disciplined focus on our defined targets. Our hope is that we will continue to get the broad support from our supporters and volunteers that we have enjoyed since our formation in the spring of 2013.