ACTIVISTS UPDATE: Posted Monday, March 23, 2015, 8:25 A.M.
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.
2015 - IT'S A NEW YEAR: TIME FOR BIG CHANGES
It's 2015. Austin looks forward not only to a new year but to an almost entirely (91%) new City Council. With district representation for the first time and a new Mayor who has expressed a willingness to take a fresh and impartial look at fluoridation, now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get started. We can begin by finding out what district we live in and calling our district representative to politely express our opposition to water fluoridation. Current City Council members and their phone numbers are listed on our Council Members page. We don't yet have their individual emails and will add that information as it becomes available. Meanwhile, City Hall has provided a joint email address to contact the entire Council and a separate one for Mayor Steve Adler. See the bottom of this page for the district locator and email links.
One important point to be constantly stressed is that water fluoridation is now a mainstream issue in Austin. Even the staunchest local supporters of fluoride—after years of labelling us fringe, weird, tin foil hat and the like, have been slowly forced to acknowledge the fact and adapt their tactics accordingly. Key to the sea change was likely a survey conducted by KEYE-TV in mid-2012 in which roughly half (49%) of those polled called fluoridation as a waste of money. That bell can't be unrung, and the results, captured in the screen shot above, right, have been recently publicized. Since it's now impossible to insult fluoride opponents without insulting about half of Austin's population, the politically-motivated pushers of fluoridation have backed off a bit and directed their scientifically-bankrupt ire elsewhere. This is not to denigrate those who sincerely believe that ingested fluoride is good for teeth – somebodys teeth somewhere – despite all manner of visual evidence to the contrary. Seven decades of government and corporate-sponsored propaganda have done their work. Speaking of which, this year officially marks the 70th anniversary of community water fluoridation. The practice began on January 25, 1945 with the addition of sodium fluoride to the drinking water of Grand Rapids, MI (which today marked by high levels of both childhood tooth decay and disfiguring dental fluorosis). So we can expect the major pushers of fluoridation, from the Federal government to the Pew Trusts and everything in between to be rolling out celebratory activities and massive propaganda all year long. Get ready for it!
Meanwhile, we need to continue to publicize the KEYE survey as widely as possible. A new flier, “Water Fluoridation is NOT a Fringe Issue in Austin” is now available on our Downloads tab. Please print it out, copy it and distribute it around your neighborhood
It's 2015. And we have a brand new City Council, one which may be less committed to the mistakes of the past. Now is the time to reach out to your Council member. Our new Mayor and Council are shown on the "Council Members" page along with their phone numbers. The single mailing address for the Mayor and all Council members is PO Box 1088, Austin TX 78767. You can contact them by email from the Take Action tab on this website. Locate your district using the link below. Then call, email write your Council rep and let them know your feelings about fluoridation. It's going to be a whole new ball game with district representation.
December 2014 saw the launch of Austin's new and unnecessary Water Treatment Plant 4. Lack of need for the $1 billion-plus facility—unwanted by just about everyone except those who profited financially from its construction—is best illustrated by the decommissioning/demolition just six years ago of the perfectly serviceable Green Water Treatment Plant located downtown on commercially desirable property. We can assume that the addition of a third plant will increase significantly the cost of fluoridation here. We will announce the new figures as soon as we know them.
March 23, 2015