Rahm Still Dreaming of Privatizing Chicago Water? Ask your alderman to pledge no.
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 15:29
By Dr. Lora Chamberlain
“One option is privatization, if it’s done right. You have to look at privatization, but carefully. Not in a rush to judgment like the parking meters.”
-Rahm Emanuel talking about Chicago's water system!
[Editor: In a recent Sun Times article, Rahm hinted that managers of publicly owned water facilities just aren't up to the job.]
Please read the article at the link below, and then gear up to lobby your Alderman to sign the Pledge to Protect Chicago's Water.
The Pledge to Protect Chicago's Water:
Access to safe and affordable water is necessary for the survival of our families, businesses, and our community. Chicago has a huge stake in water as a resource for economic recovery, quality of life, and making the transition to more sustainable ways of living. We have a collective responsibility to manage water in the public interest and to conserve water for future generations as well as for the survival of ecosystems and other species. Water is a part of the global commons, and is recognized by the United Nations as a human right. Thus our municipal water systems should remain publicly owned and operated.
I pledge to oppose the privatization of Chicago's water system. I will vote against any sale, lease, or private outsourcing of Chicago's water.
10 alderman who have signed the pledge:
3rd Ward, Pat Dowell; 26th Ward Roberto Maldonado; 30th Ward Ariel E. Reboyras; 32nd Ward Scott Waguespack; 35th Ward, Rey Colon; 36th Ward, Nicholas Sposato; 8th Ward, Timothy M. Cullerton; 45th Ward, John Arena; 47th Ward, Ameya Pawar; 49th Ward, Joe Moore
-If one of these Aldermen listed above is your Aldermen, then please congratulate them for signing the Pledge to Protect Chicago's Water and remind them how important it is that we keep our water public.
-If your Alderman is not listed above please contact them and ask them to sign onto the
Pledge to Protect Chicago's Water, then please get back to us with his/her response so we can list their responses on our website, www.protectchicagoswater.com
We will list all of the Aldermen who sign the pledge or give any response either positive or negative, on our website under their Ward number, www.protectchicagoswater.com.
Please send their responses to email@example.com or call Dr. Lora at 773-486-7660.