No, They Are Still Seizing Your Water


Our waitress the other night was shocked that Raleigh is still planning legislation to seize the city’s water system. With 86% of citizens voting No in the November referendum on the transfer, she thought the matter was settled. Nope. Now Raleigh needs the city and MSD to strike some kind of agreement to give the appearance that they had any choice in the matter. And to improve the optics for Raleigh and provide legal cover. So, no, that issue is not at all settled. From the in-box:

‘Defending Our Water’ Action:
Taking It to the GOP
Saturday, Dec. 8 starting at 4:30 pm

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 – 785-2644 / teddy.jordan30 at gmail dot com
Cheryl Orengo – 776-3327 / ctorengo at gmail dot com

Obviously Zombie Acorn!!!!


  1. TJ says:

    Occupy Unite! 😉

  2. Ascend of Asheville says:

    Water guns?

  3. mtnwoman says:

    For the handy protesters, how bout some LED signs to light up the night, via the LightBrigade,

  4. Tom Buckner says:

    This news story has come to my attention:
    “The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, is struggling with a 9 million shekel ($2.3 million) unpaid bill owed to the Jerusalem water company.”

    “This week the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has extensive and valuable property holdings in the Holy Land and maintains a headquarters in the ancient church, had its bank account frozen, said an official at [privately owned] water company Hagihon.”

    The Jerusalem water supply, it seems, was privatized about twenty years ago. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has provided free baptismal fountains for pilgrims and free public restrooms since, well, long ago; and the Church had an exemption from the city.

    However, there’s a new water boss in Jerusalem, and everybody pays.


    Now you can go forth and tell all your friends and loved ones that water privatizers are literally the anti-Christ.

    Update: NPR reported yesterday that the Patriarchate is considering closing the Church because of this.

  5. Mim Toffitt says:

    Just goes to show you can’t stand in the way of progress, even if you are standing in front of the empty grave of Jesus.

  6. TJ says:

    I was hoping you left town, Mr. Mim.

    Oh. You did. I want to extend a personal invitation to you to come to Asheville this Saturday. We’re holding a gathering in your honor (although, we won’t say your name, so you can go back home in peace), and, I’d like to thank you for setting the stage for Occupy being seeing as an ally of the city. Best public relations I can imagine.

    I don’t think we’ll have any bottled water for you, though. It’s strictly BYOW event. No coat or tie needed.