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Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Jack Gibson, Armando Quintero, Cynthia Koehler, Larry Russell, Larry Bragman, Tom Cronin, Mary Casey - General Counsel, Krishna Kumar - General Manager

Marin Municipal Water District: Discontinue Fluoridating the Drinking Water in Marin County California

Adding fluoride to municipal water supplies has documented, significant, widely recognized, adverse health effects; many are listed in the petition below. Municipalities throughout the United States and these European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland) have chosen fluoride-free water, in light of newest research data. ~  Take a few minutes to watch the excellent video presentations linked on this page, below the petition.  They are informative, offer latest, up-to-date research and address several incontrovertible, key issues.  ~ Please join us in our effort to eliminate the addition of Fluoride to the public water supply in Marin County, California; assuring safe water for those relying on drinking water from Marin Municipal Water District, as an essential component of daily sustenance and optimal health. Read an overview of this request here:"Sinking Our Teeth Into the Marin Fluoridation Discussion" AND share the link to this petition with your friends and colleagues:SafeWaterMarin.org Thank you for your support!  ~~~  SafeWaterMarin Alliance Petition as follows:

SafeWaterMarin Alliance
3,417 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Senator Ben Sasse

OPEN TO ALL H-R '94 to Senator Ben Sasse '94 (R-NE) - Vote No on Kavanaugh

September 27, 2018 To Senator Ben Sasse, If you sign the petition and are not Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1994, please note your affiliation in your signature or the comment section. We write today as your fellow Harvard Class of 1994 alumni regarding the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  We urge you, in your position on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the media circus that now surrounds it, demonstrates part of the emergency for democratic life and for the future of our country. Even if you put aside today’s testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, if you vote in support Judge Kavanaugh, it is a political choice about the meaning of the constitution and our vision of democracy; a choice that will have real consequences for real people. Judge Kavanaugh is a threat to the most vulnerable and he even presents a threat to many of us and our families, despite the privilege bestowed by our education. According to a petition signed by alumni of Judge Kavanaugh's alma mater, Yale Law School, the petitioners “see in [Kavanaugh’s] rulings an intellectually and morally bankrupt ideologue intent on rolling back our rights... Judge Kavanaugh’s resume is certainly marked by prestige, groomed for exactly this nomination. But degrees and clerkships should not be the only, or even the primary, credential for a Supreme Court appointment. A commitment to law and justice is.” In your book, The Vanishing American Adult, you author a fictitious commencement speech that you imagine Theodore Roosevelt would deliver to a high school graduating class.  In this speech you, as Roosevelt, state not only that “America requires strong men and women,” but also that Roosevelt was “an outspoken supporter of women’s suffrage,” and that “legal equality is a given.”  You, as an imagined Roosevelt, also reflect on modern masculinity stating: America has a right to expect that our boys will turn out to be good men.  In my experience, the chances are strong that one won’t be much of a man unless he was first a good deal of a boy.  He must not be a coward or a weakling, a bully, a shirk, or a prig. - The Vanishing American Adult, 2017 (p. 271) Senator Sasse, now is the time for your fair-mindedness and moral courage.  Follow your own advice in terms of what it means to turn out to be a “good man.” Rather than being “a coward or a weakling, a bully, a shirk, or a prig,” as an elected official, we urge you to demonstrate the bravery and commitment to the American democratic principles you have so often celebrated on the Senate Judiciary Committee by citing “Schoolhouse Rock” civics.  If you genuinely believe all Americans, your daughters as well as your son, deserve “legal equality,” we urge you to vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Signed, 

Aren Cohen
428 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to John A. Coleman, Katy Foulkes, Andy Katz, Doug Linney, Lesa R. McIntosh, Frank Mellon, William B. Patterson, Alexander R. Coate

EBMUD: Stop Adding Fluoridation Chemicals to the Municipal Water Supply in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, CA

Petition to EBMUD Board Members to Discontinue Fluoridating the Water in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, California __________________________________________________________ To the honorable board members of the East Bay Municipal Utility District: John A. Coleman Katy Foulkes, Vice President Andy Katz, President Doug Linney Lesa R. McIntosh Frank Mellon William B. Patterson Alexander R. Coate, General Manager WHEREAS water, our most precious resource, is essential to all and the public water supply should be safe for all to drink, and WHEREAS you the EBMUD board members are authorizing the continuation of water fluoridation in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties;  You, the EBMUD board members have the authority to end water fluoridation in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties;  You, the board members are legally responsible for water fluoridation in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.   “Role of Board of Directors The board establishes policy on the district's mission, goals, and operations. It represents the general public in deciding issues related to water supply. The board also has the authority to adopt ordinances that have the force of law within the district.” WHEREAS under the California Environmental Quality Act, (CEQA) law, the EBMUD must do a study on the environmental impacts of water fluoridation; This study has not been done in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties and should be completed before legally continuing to fluoridate our water;  99% of all fluoride added to the water goes down the drain and into the environment;  The fact that this study has not yet been done is egregious negligence on the part of the EBMUD, and WHEREAS you say the reason you are fluoridating our water is because it’s good for children’s teeth, and California state law mandates it (but cannot enforce it because it will not pay for it); however the California Health and Safety Code law sections 104830-104865 already provides FREE topical fluoride treatments to children in a much more effective, economical, accurate, and far safer way than water fluoridation: “CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 104830-104865 104830. Pupils of public and private elementary and secondary schools, except pupils of community colleges, shall be provided the opportunity to receive within the school year the topical application of fluoride or other decay-inhibiting agent to the teeth in the manner approved by the department. The program of topical application shall be under the general direction of a dentist licensed in the state and may include self-application…” and, WHEREAS according to evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 41% of American children have dental fluorosis, a disfiguring mottling of the teeth caused by excess fluoride; Dental fluorosis is not simply a "cosmetic effect"; Dental fluorosis is the first visible sign of whole body fluoride poisoning;  These children will have to live with this disfigurement for the rest of their lives or undergo expensive treatment for it, and WHEREAS the EBMUD is potentially subjecting itself to costly litigation because of health damages by continuing to use fluoride in our water, and WHEREAS hexafluorosalicilic acid, the type of fluoride used in our water, is a toxic waste product from the wet scrubbers of the fertilizer industry and is classified as hazardous waste, too toxic for permitted disposal anywhere, and has never been required to undergo randomized clinical trials for safety or effectiveness by any regulatory agency in the world; It has also been known to contain arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, sulfates, radon and uranium.  When you are deliberately adding these highly toxic substances and you are willing to increase cancer rates to prevent tooth decay, this is clearly not acceptable nor legal, and WHEREAS fluoridated water provides an uncontrolled dose of fluoride to citizens, some of whom may drink significantly large quantities due to their occupation, outdoor activity, special diet, health conditions (such as diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus), or medications being taken, and WHEREAS water fluoridation forces the entire population to participate in a medical process that is only intended for children; Fluoride is the only substance added to public water for the purpose of treating and preventing a health condition in the body, rather than treating the water itself (such as chlorine being added to kill microorganisms), and many citizens feel it is not morally or ethically justifiable to dose citizens with this substance or any other forced medication in water, This toxic addition forces the entire population to participate in a wildly uncontrolled medical experiment.  No residents have asked this Board for medical treatment, and it is illegal for this Board to act as a medical doctor to anyone or to treat anyone's disease.  Each resident's medical condition is unknown to this Board. Mass medication even by a doctor is illegal, and any person or group acting as if they were doctors to randomly deliver a toxic substance to any unwilling person or even a willing person is committing a serious crime; and WHEREAS according to the Centers for Disease Control, fluoride's "predominant effect is post eruptive and topical."   In other words, any benefits that accrue from the use of fluoride, come from the direct application of fluoride to the outside of teeth (after they have erupted into the mouth) and not from ingestion; There is no need, therefore, to expose all other tissues to fluoride by swallowing it, and WHEREAS 50% of ingested fluoride is deposited in the bones of children, while only about 10% is stored in adults; the National Research Council in 2006 reported that American infants and young children are being exposed, on a body weight basis, to 3-4 times the amount of fluoride as are adults, and young children’s bodies are especially susceptible to harm from chemical exposures due to their rapidly growing cells and tissues, and WHEREAS as recently as November 9, 2006 the American Dental Association (ADA) raised concern that parents and caregivers of infants under 1 year of age may wish to use non-fluoridated water when mixing infant milk formula for their babies, but this is cost prohibitive for low income families, and WHEREAS alternative methods of fluoride delivery exist; and we are already over exposed to fluoride in foods and beverages, and WHEREAS addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies has documented significant, adverse health effects; For example: a) Risk to the brain. 23+ human studies and 100+ animal studies link fluoride to brain damage and lowered IQ.  According to the National Research Council (NRC), fluoride can damage the brain. Animal studies conducted in the 1990s by EPA scientists found dementia-like effects at the same concentration (1 ppm) used to fluoridate water. b) Risk to the thyroid gland. According to the NRC, fluoride is an “endocrine disrupter.” Most notably, the NRC has warned that doses of fluoride (0.01-0.03 mg/kg/day) achievable by drinking fluoridated water, may reduce the function of the thyroid among individuals with low-iodine intake. Reduction of thyroid activity can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression and weight gain.  c) Risk to bones. According to the NRC, fluoride can diminish bone strength and increase the risk for bone fracture.   d) Risk for bone cancer. Animal and human studies – including a recent study from a team of Harvard scientists – have found a connection between fluoride and a serious form of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in males under the age of 20. e) Risk to kidney patients. People with kidney disease have a heightened susceptibility to fluoride toxicity. The heightened risk stems from an impaired ability to excrete fluoride from the body. As a result, toxic levels of fluoride can accumulate in the bones, intensify the toxicity of aluminum build-up, and cause or exacerbate a painful bone disease known as renal osteodystrophy; In addition, studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including:  increased lead absorption, disruption of the synthesis of collagen, hyperactivity and/or lethargy, muscle disorders, arthritis, bone fractures, impaired sleep by impairing melatonin production by the pineal gland, inactivation of 62 enzymes and inhibitor of more than 100, inhibited formation of antibodies, genetic damage and cell death, increased tumor and cancer rate, disrupted immune system, damaged sperm and increased infertility; Dean Burk, Chief Chemist Emeritus, U.S. National Cancer Institute said, “Fluoride causes more human cancer, and causes it faster, than any other chemical,” and WHEREAS for health reasons, people are increasingly forced to buy bottled water or use reverse osmosis water filters to take the fluoride out;  These filters are costly and waste three gallons of water for every one they filter, which defeats our water conservation efforts, and WHEREAS until the EBMUD can provide the toxicology data showing fluoride is safe, it's illegal to put it in our public water, and WHEREAS each individual possesses the inalienable right to choose or reject to consume fluoride medication; therefore We the undersigned citizens of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties respectfully demand that The EBMUD Board Members DISCONTINUE using our public water supply to deliver the medicine fluoride. Petition text is subject to minor revision – with the understanding that your opposition to fluoridation is not subject to change. Communities in California which have Rejected Fluoridation Since 1990: Hoopa Valley (Humboldt County), November 21, 2013 Cotati (Sonoma County), December 12, 2013 Davis, CA, October 1, 2013 Plumas Lake, CA February 22, 2013Olivehurst, CA February 22, 2013Crescent City, CA November 6, 2012                                                          Napa, California August 17, 2010 Mammoth Lakes, California November 8, 2005 Redding, California November 5, 2002 Watsonville, California November 5, 2002 Modesto, California November 7, 2001 Woodside, California September 2000 Santa Barbara, California November 23, 1999 El Carjon, California April 27, 1999 Helix Water District, California April 7, 1999 Lakeside Water District, California April 6, 1999 Riverview Water District, California March 24, 1999 La Mesa, California March 9, 1999 Santa Cruz, California March 4, 1999 Suisun City, California May 1, 1997 Redwood Valley, California February 6, 1993 Los Altos Hills (Purissima) California 1993 Davis, California December 14, 1990 Morgan Hill, California March 7, 1990  

Kristie Lavelle
797 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Zia Ahmed, Gina Forster, Lesa Holford, Patrick Ionno, Tim Keegstra, Kate Bartter, Paul Laurent, Michael V. Drake, Mira Zimmerman, Barbara Fohl

Bring more sustainable foods to our dining halls!

As a student of Ohio State University and a passionate advocate for sustainability, I am confident in my ability to reduce my impact on the environment. But more importantly, I am incredibly encouraged and excited by the power we have as a campus to elicit positive change on a large scale. In light of the COP21 climate change conference in Paris, one thing is crystal clear: we are not doing enough to combat global warming.  At OSU, our University Dining Services holds the key to our campus carbon footprint. Did you know that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations declared animal agriculture to be the biggest contributor to climate change, responsible for 18% of carbon emissions? While Dining Services offers an array of food choices - an applaudable feat for a campus our size - it is passing up an incredible opportunity. By slightly altering its purchasing habits, our Dining Services could prevent over two million grams of carbon emissions every single year, save over two million quarts of water and over 29,000 sq feet of land every single year. More than 500 schools across the country (including Yale, Harvard, Rutgers, University of Connecticut & University of Wisconsin) have clocked on to this initiative, which involves partnering with the food technology startup Hampton Creek. The company developed the eggless products Just Mayo and Just Cookies, far more sustainable - yet invariably delicious - versions of their conventional counterparts.  Why would we pass up an opportunity like this, when the future of our planet is at stake? Fellow students: please join me in urging OSU Dining Services to implement this simple change that would reduce our campus carbon emissions by over two million grams per year.

Stephanie Sopczak
884 supporters