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Urgent: MA bill to open gates to water privatization

Hi All, 

As everyone is in the midst of actions to stop the violence in Palestine right now, I am hoping some of you have bandwidth for one more action.
I just found out that language has been inserted into a MA bill introduced by Charlie Baker for climate change adaptation that would open the door to water privatization in MA. 
See more below--and please circulate to your friends/colleagues! 
Making calls is fantastic. We are also happy to support anyone who is willing to go in person to their Rep.'s offices. If you or others are interested in that, please let me know I'll have my colleague Alissa follow up with you. She is at the State building right now...
THANK YOU SO MUCH for standing up for the human right to water now! 
If we can come out strong against this language from the get go, we have good chances of getting the language removed before it is introduced into both houses. 
Warm regards, 

Dear Friend, 

There’s a new threat to public water in Massachusetts -- but you can help  stop it in its tracks. 

Governor Baker has proposed a bill that would open the door for private water corporations to profit off our water systems. It would even allow them access to our vital public funding to do so. 

We can stop this blatant attempt to let corporations profit off of our water. Call your state representative and senator now and tell them to protect public water! 

Snuck into a massive bill introduced by Governor Baker last month is language that would essentially let corporations use public money to pad their profits: It would allow private water corporations to access federal and state funding that our public water systems sorely need. And if this proposal becomes law, it would open the door for city councils and mayors across the state to be barraged with unsolicited sales pitches from the private water industry. 

We’ve seen what happens to communities when the private water industry comes in: rate hikes, labor abuses, and failure to invest in necessary infrastructure. On top of it all, this bill would allow corporations to lock towns and cities into these contracts for up to 20 years! 

Protect public water in Massachusetts! Call your state legislators right now. 

This has happened before: A bill was quietly introduced in the Massachusetts legislature last session. It was virtually the same as the privatization language in this year's bill. But hundreds of people like you raised your voices in support of public water in the summer of 2016. You made sure these pro-privatization policies became so politically toxic that they never made it into law.

We can stop this new privatization push in its tracks again, but we only have days before the bill will likely come up for a vote in committee. 

Take action now: Call your state representative and senator and urge them to reject water privatization in Massachusetts. 

Thank you for all you do,



Shayda Edwards Naficy • Senior Program Director

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