ACTIVISTS UPDATE: Posted Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:00 A.M.
In a stunning development, the FDA earlier this year issued a warning to Kirkman Industries, Inc. ordering the company to immediately discontinue marketing of its fluoride supplements (sodium fluoride-containing drops, tablets and lozenges) because FDA has never approved them as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. Kirkman, however, is not the only - or largest - firm currently making the same fluoride products, which are sold nationwide. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) have filed a citizens' 'petition with the FDA calling on the Agency to take action against all companies selling these drugs.
Dr. Mary Gay Maxwell, longtime Environmental Board chair and ally in our efforts seven years ago to obtain an impartial study of water fluoridation in Austin, died on March 30, inspiring a tribute to her during the following day's City Council meeting. On April 14, three Fluoride Free Austin members again invoked her memory, during citizens communication (video top right). For the full background, see the link below: '
Laura Pressley, Ph.D. recently filed her landmark appeal and final legal brief in her historic election challenge to Travis County's elections process. Oral argument took place on April 27th in the Third Court of Appeals, Travis County, and a decision is expected within a month. The outcome will affect the integrity of elections Texas-wide.
MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS
This page was last updated during a period of optimism: a time of hope that the still-new 10-1 City Council, elected by districts, would have a stronger connection with the average Austinite’s concerns than prior at-large Councils: would make decisions in the interests of constituents rather than out of political considerations. Regrettably, that hasn’t happened. City government is as politically-driven as ever and the Council members—Don Zimmerman excepted—seem as entrenched in appeasing the special interests that have ruled Austin for years as those they replaced. Nor has the committee system, touted as a quicker route of citizen access to the Council’s attention, fulfilled its promise.
The Dallas City Council has decided to censor the playing of film clips during citizens communication in order to cripple organized presentations by the city’s large community of anti-fluoridation activists. On April 27, 18 speakers arrived at City Hall prepared to back up their case through use of expert testimony via short videoclips embedded within their 3-minute talks. The City responded by shutting off the livestream and declared its intent to do so in the future. Will the prohibition apply to future others who wish to speak on subjects that the Council feels an obligation to at least pretend to take seriously? Only time will tell.
May 23, 2016