ACTIVISTS UPDATE: Posted Wednesday, MARCH 5, 2014
ON FEBRUARY 27, CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY RUBBER STAMPED A NEW CONTRACT WITH MOSAIC TO SUPPLY FOUR MORE YEARS' POISON FOR OUR DRINKING WATER. ACTIVIST TURNOUT WAS EXCELLENT, WITH SOME 30 SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON ITEM 19 OR DONATE TIME TO OTHERS. MAYOR LEFFINGWELL ARBITRARILY CUT THE SPEAKING TIME IN HALF, IN VIOLATION OF ARTICLES 2-5-27 AND 2-5-29 OF THE AUSTIN CITY CODE.
WATCH THE ENTIRE PROCEEDINGS IN THE TOPMOST VIDEO AT RIGHT; CITIZENS COMMUNICATION IN NEXT VIDEO BELOW IT.
Fluoride Free Austin is an alliance of concerned citizens from all walks of life united behind the goal of eliminating the dangerous and costly practice of community water fluoridation. Fluoride Free Austin is not a card-carrying, dues-paying organization. It is a fire in the minds of men and women–a fire that will not die until Austin’s drinking water is free of the artificially introduced, health damaging hazardous waste toxin fluoride. If you agree with our objectives, then, wherever you may live, you can be a part of Fluoride Free Austin. Welcome on board.
You can actively help our campaign by downloading and distributing our handouts, sending us interesting news items to post and–if you live in the Austin area–emailing, calling or writing to City Council members and signing up to speak before the City Council. You can also take advantage of our Reading Room page, with its outstanding collection of links, to educate yourself and others. Please explore our website and make use of the resources you find there.
PORTLAND'S HUGE VICTORY: AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL!!
Last May, the people of Portland Oregon scored a stunning victory by resoundingly voting down an attempt by politicians to force fluoridation of their city's water. Portlanders are a lot like Austinites: well-educated, health-conscious, environmentally aware. They even say: Keep Portland Weird. Their outstandingly pure water, which originates from snow melt in the Cascade Mountains, has never been fluoridated. And their battle—though framed as local—was instigated by outsiders.
IN SUMMER 2011, Washington DC-based lobbyists with unlimited funds and the corporate print media in their pocket crept into town and, acting through a local PR group called Upstream Public Health, began to secretly lobby the 5-member at-large City Council based on a bogus "dental crisis" among Portland's children. Then last August, following months of behind-closed-doors meetings which were carefully kept off the public calendar, a bought-out Council suddenly announced they would vote to fluoridate the city's water at their September 12 meeting. Meanwhile—their decision already made—they staged a September 6 mock hearing, during which they heard six hours of citizen input--most opposed to fluoridation—before dismissing it.
But in their arrogance, they had greatly underestimated the public outrage their backroom actions would generate, even among many who under other circumstances might have been their allies. Following the Council's vote, the grassroots organization Clean Water Portland sprang into swift action with a referendum to place the fluoride issue on the next ballot and halt construction meantime. They needed 20,000 signatures in 30 days; they collected 43,000 in 29. They spent the next six months till the May 2013 vote educating a public already outraged by the Council's stealth campaign. In the end, it wasn't even close. Despite being outspent 3-1: over $800,000 by fluoride-pushing corporate interests to their own $280,000, and despite facing a supposedly invincible team of high profile campaign consultants, they won by a 20-point margin, 61% to 39%
On Wednesday, February 12, the Water and Wastewater Commission predictably voted to "recommend" the Council adopt a new contract with Mosaic Crop Nutrition, LLC, suppliers of the toxic waste fluorosilicic acid destined for Austin's drinking water supply. This came despite strong health and ethical concerns raised by new member Colin Clark - concerns no other member thought worth addressing. The addition of at least one Commission member with moral fiber is heartening, however. For more information, see Activists Update box and the top video adjoining it.
Fluoride Free Austin has partnered with the Austin-based nonprofit Center for Natural Living (CNL), to give away 100 fluoride-removing water filters to qualified local families. To learn more about CNL's Safe Water Initiative or to apply for a filter, visit http://centerfornaturalliving.org. 20 filters have so far been distrubuted. The next round of filter giveaways will be announced on this page in the Activist's Update box.
We have a separate website for parents interested in joining an upcoming legal action against the city for damage to their children's teeth caused by drinking Austin's fluoridated water. The link (below) is not yet live, so cut and paste.
March 5, 2014