Positive things are happening in Kansas for 2013 – including new initiatives in cities such as Salina, our capitol city of Topeka, more correspondence to our organization and a number of new candidates running for positions in local government. Time is short to promote favorable candidates in upcoming elections – such as for the Wichita City Council, this year. And ballot initiatives (offensives) can be costly to organize – a process that must be ongoing in order to approach the goal of a fluoride free Kansas.
For fluoride chemical suppliers, the disposal of these toxins into our community water supplies is a profitable business in comparison to the cost of hazardous waste disposal by other means. For the fluoridationists in the medical and dental community, it’s kicking the can for decades to guard against their loss of credibility. The substance primarily used in newer systems is hydrofluosilicic acid and most frequently for older systems – sodium fluoride. The environment and our own kidneys become their toxic waste filters. Kansans pay a high price both in taxation and in the long-term health consequences of this long outdated and dangerous practice.
Fluoridation continues in over 60 Kansas cities and rural water districts, many of which have been consuming fluoridated water for decades. Imagine the potential savings to these communities every year, both to their health and our environment.
The City of Wichita dodged a proverbial bullet on November 6th – or shall we say ‘drop’? After six months worth of hard work and sacrifice by those that recognized fluoridation as a matter of human rights, Wichita declared a resounding no and today remains fluoride-free. Wichita won its freedom from fluoride once again, but the unhealthy practice of fluoridation continues in a great number of Kansas towns that need help to start the process and stand with them, as needed. This is where we come in.
Fluoride Free Kansas, groups and candidates that oppose water fluoridation need your help to provide not only basic life-support, but to increase our outreach to other communities. Also to fund new legal actions, launch electronic/physical petition drives and ballot initiatives to compel leaders throughout the state with the help of our talented associates. Publications must be produced and continually distributed throughout the state as well, in order to raise further awareness of this very important issue.
Whether just on the basis of their own research or simply their respect for personal liberty (your right to choose) – candidates for public office that would respect your right to choose (especially on the city and county level), need the support of Joe Public in order to take these leadership positions.
Fluoridation won’t always be in the forefront of any one candidate’s mind without the persistent nudge from independent activists – so FFK has identified local candidates, campaigns, related causes and projects that we feel should be supported by our organization. FFK and its partner entity, People Like You will help promote candidates favorable to our cause throughout 2013 but we need your generous support to do so. If every Kansan in opposition to fluoride chipped-in a dollar, entities like the Kansas Health Foundation and local medical/dental coalitions could then pick on someone ‘their own size’.
Immediate Funding Goals:
Web hosting service renewal
- Domain name and DNS renewal
- Post office box renewal
- Fund calling campaign for the upcoming Wichita City Council election
- Replenish color laser printing supplies
- Supply materials and presentations to local government leaders
- Produce flyers specific to each individual community
- Obtain and utilize public voter registrations for all fluoridated counties
- Targeted social network advertising to fluoridated areas
- New billboard notices for the largest fluoridated cities
- Certified mailings and postage for outreach and correspondence
- Purchase bumper stickers and other items for distribution
- Launch new yard sign campaigns specific to individual cities
- Launch new physical petition drives in targeted cities
- Fund new local radio and/or television ads
- Fund legal review of new petitions
- …and much more.
Times are tight, but we aim to make the most effective use of every contribution! Chip-in’s as large as $200 or $100 can go far, but $50 or even as little as $5 adds up to effective drops in a proverbial bucket. Your generous support in the coming months will be essential!
Can we count on you?
With your help, the fight against fluoridation in Kansas will continue.