Fluoride Action Network

The 4th Citizens Conference on Fluoride: Agenda

July 23 - 27, 2010 | Conference Agenda

The 4th Citizens Conference on Fluoride 
Organizing to Win: What Works? What Doesn’t?
July 23 – 27, 2010 – On the campus of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York
The FAN conference is partially funded by The Carol Patton Fluoride Memorial Fund. This includes free conference fees for activists working to educate their communities on the fluoride issue, either on a state, county, or local level.


Time Detail Campus Room


(Note: if you arrive on Saturday, see Ellen for room keys and meal cards)
Sykes Common Room (See below for directions and parking)
5 – 7 pm DINNER Dana Dining Hall
8 – 10 pm Get Together Sykes Common Room


7 – 9 am BREAKFAST Dana Dining Hall
9 – 9:30 am Henry Lickers will conduct the Opening Ceremony Hepburn Auditorium
9:30 – 10:30 am Paul Connett: Welcome & Overview
Organizing to win in three places:1. One community at a time. Point persons. Mercola.
2. Reaching the pubic. Counteracting the promoters’ 60 year-old two-pronged propaganda (“We are the experts, they are loony!”)
3. Changing the Center. Lots of promotion – no responsibility. EPA’s MCLG determination. Can simple arithmetic defeat the public health machine? Exposing Chester ‘Godot’ Douglass. EPA’s sulfuryl fluoride defense = even worse arithmetic. No taxpayers funding for propaganda. Exposing the ADA-CDC. Forcing responsibility on FDA.
Hepburn Auditorium
10;30 – 10:45 am COFFEE BREAK
10:45 – 11:45 am Bill Osmunson: searching for legal responsibility in Washington state and beyond. Hepburn Auditorium
11:45 – 12:10 James Robert Deal. Using FOIA, litigation, and threat of litigation to move the fluoridation fight forward. Hepburn Auditorium
12:10 – 1:45 pm LUNCH Dana Dining Hall
1:45 – 2 pm Assemble for group photo In front of Hepburn Hall
2 – 2:15 pm Presentation of FAN’s Albert Burgstahler Scientific Integrity Award for 2009-2010 Hepburn Auditorium
2:15 – 3:45 pm ONTARIO PANEL. Robert Fleming, Diane Sprules, Aliss Terpstra, Gerry Coper, others. Report of the July 18 summit. Response to Mercola. New groups. Hepburn Auditorium
3:45 – 4 pm BREAK
4 – 4:30 pm VICTORIES IN QUEBEC. Giles Parent: How We Did It. Hepburn Auditorium
4:30 – 4:45 pm MORE VICTORIES. Bill Osmunson et al. Hepburn Auditorium
4:45 – 5:15 pm The attempt to fluoridate Southampton UK. John Graham plus video. Hepburn Auditorium
5:15 – 7 pm DINNER Dana Dining Hall
5:20 – 6 pm Assemble for car-pooling for swim In front of Dana Dining Hall
8 pm FAN FUN AUCTION Sykes Common Room
9:30 pm Campaign War Stories & Sing-along (songs provided by Dr. Bruce Spittle of New Zealand). Sykes Common Room


7 – 9 am BREAKFAST Dana Dining Hall
9 – 9:15 am Announcements from Mike Dolan and Deb Moore. Hepburn Auditorium
9:15 – 10:30 am SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS. Fighting off mandatory statewide fluoridation efforts. Panel: Bill Osmunson (OR); Mike Ewall (PA); Deb Moore (MA). Other victories: Canton NY (Paul Connett); Quebec City (Jimmy Siles); Alamo Heights TX (Rae Olenick); Humboldt KS (Paul Finney); Gatineau, Quebec (Giles Parent); Worcester MA (Deb Moore); Juneau AK and more (Bill Osmunson). Hepburn Auditorium
10:30 – 10:45 am COFFEE BREAK
10:45 – 11:30 am SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS continued. Hepburn Auditorium
11:30 – Noon Kevin Hurley will show clips from new documentary on fluoridation that he has been working on for the last year. Hepburn Auditorium
12 – 1:30 pm LUNCH Dana Dining Hall
1:30 – 2:30 pm LEARNING FROM LOSING1:30-1:45: Losses – Keeping it Out. St. Petersburg FL (Irmschers); San Antonio TX (Nikki & Kay). What we have learned.1:45-2: Losses – Getting it Out.Burlington VT (Kevin Hurley & Alan Sousie); Austin TX (Rae Olenick); Plattsburg NY (Paul Connett); Hamilton, Ontario (Aliss Terpstra & Diane Sprules). What we have learned.2 – 2:15: Akwesasne vs Reynolds. What we have learned (Henry Lickers).

2:15 – 2:30: Cathy’s Horses. Losing and winning (Cathy Justus).

Hepburn Auditorium
2:30 – 3:30 pm ORGANIZING TO WIN1) Winning one community at a time2:30 – 2:45: The role of FAN’s Campaign Director; Resources for point people; Networking. (Paul Connett).2:45 – 3: Media help (Kate Chadwick).

3 – 3:30: PANEL: What an individual can do (Jeanette Bajorek, Bernie Miltenberger, Ken Case, Dan Stockin).

Hepburn Auditorium
3:30 – 3:45 pm BREAK
3:45 – 4:45 pm ORGANIZING TO WIN – continued3:45-4:45: Reaching the general public3:45 – 4:15: The Proponents’ game plan(Paul and others). Video and power point from Florida.4:15 – 4:45: Beating the game plan.

3) Changing policy at the center

Hepburn Auditorium
4:45 – 5:15 Brainstorming a conference in DC (Cynthia Erville, Bernie Miltenberger, Ken Case) and/or a Conference in Georgia (Dan Stockin).
5:15-5:30 Albert Burgstahler on how the NIH has kept the journal Fluoride out of PubMed for over 40 years. Conference Resolution.
5:30 – 5:45 Henry Lickers will conduct the Closing Ceremony
5:15 – 7 pm DINNER Dana Dining Hall
8 – 11 pm GET TOGETHER Sykes Common Room


7 – 9 am BREAKFAST Dana Dining Hall
8:15 am Assemble in front of University Book Store for trip to 1000 Islands. NOTE: The boat leaves at 10 am and we will miss it if we leave later than 8:20 am. Lunch will be in Alexandria Bay after the boat tour. IN FRONT OF BOOK STORE
5 – 7 pm DINNER Dana Dining Hall
8 – 11 pm GET TOGETHER Sykes Common Room


7 – 9 am BREAKFAST Dana Dining Hall
9 – 10 am Depart Campus