A large and very well informed crowd gathered at City Hall around 12:00 on August 21, 2012, to emphasize to City Council their dissatisfaction and outrage at this bypass of the democratic process.
These photos not only depict the event, but also provide a window into many of the objections to this proposal:
"Search hydrofluorosilicic acid. (www.fluoridealert.org;"
"How can the waste product of a metal we are advised never to cook with possible be a safe additive to our drinking water?;"
"Nursing Mom Against Fluoridation;"
"I'm a chemist, not a crackpot, no industrial waste in our water;"
"Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor;"
"Fluoride: topical-yes, swallow - no;"
"Fluoride is the greatest case of scientific fraud of the century, if not all time...Robert Carton, PhD, former EPA scientist;"
"Self Determination; Not Forced Medication;"
Besides the photos, I interviewed a number of people and these will be posted here soon as well. Many expressed particular outrage that this is being pushed through without giving the people a vote in the matter. Perhaps this is because citizens of Portland turned this proposal down three times in the past.
The last photo gives a number of websites where one can investigate this issue further, as well as an opportunity to sign a petition at change.org.