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‘Defending Our Water’ Action: Taking It to the GOP

Last month on Election Day, 86% of Asheville voters said 'No' to the idea of selling or leasing the Asheville water system. In fact, as AC-T op-ed writer John Miall commented after the election, "I can't remember a time when 86% of Asheville voters agreed on anything. Talk about a mandate." In spite of these results, the NC legislature is sharpening knives in anticipation of carving up the water system come January.  If allowed to happen, this would be an unprecedented state government action that should send fear statewide into every community. On Saturday, December 8, the leaders of the North Carolina GOP, including Governor-elect Pat McCrory, will be gathering at the Grove Park Inn for the annual Charles Taylor Republican fundraiser. Join us beginning at 4:30 pm as we gather in protest on the corner of Charlotte St. and Macon Ave. to raise the visibility of the water issue before the very legislators who will be voting on this matter. This is your chance to be seen and heard – as well as provide a citizen face in opposition to the taking of Asheville's water system by legislative fiat. We will create a line of voters stretching up Macon Ave. with signs and messages relating to the water issue. We expect to conclude once the Republican fundraiser begins between 7-7:30 pm. You are welcome to create and bring your own signs or some pre-made ones will be available. Please keep your messages strong, focused and on the high ground without mentioning specific legislators names. Let’s be the change we want to see. Some ideas include: 86% Say NO to Water Grab or Hands OFF Buncombe Water PLEASE reach out to your personal networks and invite them to join the rally by forwarding this message to your e-mail list, Facebook friends, and neighbors. Families with children are welcome and encouraged. Numbers count! SUGGESTIONS: chairs are welcome; bring flashlights and signs; wear reflective or light-colored clothing; water if needed. For information, contact Teddy Jordan -[masked] / [masked] or Cheryl Orengo -[masked] / [masked].

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