END AUSTIN WATER FLUORIDATION IN 2015. EMAIL THE CITY COUNCIL FROM THE TAKE ACTION TAB ON THIS PAGE. YOUR MESSAGES ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

ACTIVISTS UPDATE: Posted Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:20 A.M.

ON APRIL 15, REP. DAVID SIMPSON'S FLUORIDE TRANSPARENCY BILL (HB1581) HAD ITS FIRST READING BEFORE THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. 18 PEOPLE SIGNED UP IN FAVOR OF THE BILL, WITH ONLY ONE OPPOSED. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE BILL BY LOBBYING THE MEMBERS OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

TEXT OF HB1581

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

THE NEXT AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23. LINDA GREENE WILL SPEAK DURING CITIZENS COMMUNICATION. SIGNUP FOR THE MAY 7 CITIZENS COMMUNICATION BEGINS TODAY @9 A.M.

2015 AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS SCHEDULE

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Fluoride Free Austin LogoFluoride 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

Survey Screenshot 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

WHAT'S NEW

Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) has introduced a fluoride transparency bill into the Texas Legislature. HB1581 requires that systems supplying fluoridated water to communities provide certain information: the vendor's name; the amount of added fluoride (along with the amount of natural fluoride already present); and the total cost of the fluoridation program. The bill, if passed, will force Texas water utilities to post the information prominently on their websites or include it in the customer water bill. In Austin, the Austin Water Utility has up to now been less than straightforward in divulging the true cost of water fluoridation in response to FOIA requests—omitting, among other expenses, the cost of megatons of ammonia required to buffer the highly corrosive fluorosilicic acid, as well as that of repairing and/or replacing equipment damaged by the acid. Those expenses, if included, could as much as double the reported total). Should Rep. Simpson's bill become law, the new numbers will be a real eye opener.

Fluoride Free Austin welcomes the return of Laura Pressley, Ph.D. to active participation in our organization. Formerly a member of our steering committee, she gave up that position last year to concentrate on running for City Council in District 4. Now she's back, bringing with her the unique skill set that has made her a leader in the fight against water fluoridation in Austin. That same mix of qualifications—a doctorate in chemistry, many years' experience on both the technical and financial sides of the semiconductor industry, and small business entrepreneurial experience—also made her the best-qualified candidate in the District 4 race. However, in an election and runoff fraught with irregularities and violations of Texas election law, her opponent was declared the winner. She is currently challenging the result and calling for a new election with paper ballots. Her historic challenge is the first of its kind since electronic voting was introduced in 2002. Watch for a blog post on the 2014 District 4 election, coming soon. Meanwhile, the details can be found below:

LAURA PRESSLEY ELECTION CONTEST AND LAWSUIT


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.



April 23, 2015