Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a world where we daily witness gross abuses of human rights it is difficult to find hope, but it is there in each one of us. I remember in the 1960s reading a short statement from Alan Paton, the author of Cry the Beloved Country, a novel written during the apartheid era in South Africa. How could a white humanitarian find hope in such a situation? He wrote, “The only way we can endure man’s inhumanity to man, is to make our own lives an example of man’s humanity to man.” For nearly 50 years I have had the privilege of working with people around the world who live up to this ideal.
Fluoridation and Human Rights
No government (local, state or federal) should have the right to add chemicals to the drinking water designed to treat human beings (e.g. fluoride, with proposals for lithium and statins) as opposed to treating the water to make it safe or palatable to drink (e.g. chlorine, albeit there are safer ways to disinfect water). Treating human beings in this way violates the individual’s right to informed consent to medical – or human – treatment. Most European countries recognize this human right. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, the US and a handful of other countries, do not. With your help in 2016 we will continue to challenge the right of these countries to arrogantly abuse our human rights on a daily basis.
Teleconference This Weekend
On Sunday, December 12th at 5pm (EST), the Fluoride Action Network team will be featured on this month’s International Fluoride Free Teleconference. The call is free and will provide a year-in-review of the fluoride issue, as well as provide an opportunity for supporters to ask the FAN team questions. So please plan on joining us for this great opportunity to interact with fellow campaigners from around the world and have your questions about fluoride and the Fluoride Action Network answered by the experts.
Yesterday we had our best day yet as far as number of contributors was concerned. We received donations from 17 supporters for a total of $1,085 for a grand total up to $17,638 from 116 donors.
We have received the following very generous pledges:
$200 when we reach 200 donors; $300 when we reach 300; $400 when we reach 400; $500 when we reach 500 …is there any super angel out there who would like to continue this progression?
$1000 when we reach $20,000*; $2000 when we reach $30,000 and $3000 when we reach $40,000… is there another super angel who would like to continue this progression?
*The original was for $2000 when we reached $20,000 but instead our super angel has changed that to $1000 when we reach $20,000 AND they will double every donation made today. With our current total standing at $17,638 this means that any pledge you make today will be worth approximately TRIPLE to us!
To raise $75,000 by midnight Dec 24
To make a tax-deductible donation you can either:
- Donate online using our secure server.
- Or by check – please make checks payable to Fluoride Action Network and send to: FAN, c/o Connett, 104 Walnut Street, Binghamton NY 13905
Why give to Uncle Sam when you can donate to FAN?
Uncle Sam has used enough of our tax money to promote fluoridation. Your donation to FAN will help to end it!
Gifts for Donations
FAN Poster: One poster for $11 for U.S. and Canada ($15 for other countries). Three posters for $22 (or $30 for other countries). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for bulk order rates. If you want to print your own posters, we are happy to send you the artwork.
Bumper Sticker: Free for any donation. If you donate online, please email us that you want one or two bumper stickers at email@example.com . If you donate by check, let us know if you want either one or two stickers. Thanks.
A signed copy of Paul Connett’s book, The Zero Waste Solution… (Chelsea Green, 2013) for a pledge of $101.
A copy of The Case Against Fluoride… by Connett, Beck and Micklem (Chelsea Green, 2010) signed by Paul Connett for a pledge of $102.
Paul Connett, PhD
Senior Advisor to FAN
Coordinator of the Fundraising team for 2015