Will Italy Vote Against Privatizing its Water?
If you’re one of the over 200,000 Italian Americans who can vote back in Italy, please take note: the people of Italy have called for a nation-wide referendum on critical issues relating to the management of water. On June 12 and 13, Italian electors will be called to vote on referenda pertaining to the privatization of water. Two of the demands within the referendum are in regard to water management and water supply.
As many communities around the world struggle to maintain their public water systems, particularly during challenging economic times, multinational corporations have been attempting to take over the management of these systems with promises of better service and financial relief. But these companies aggressively increase rates and allow their bottom line to interfere with the needs of the communities they are supposed to serve. Ultimately, privatization of water most often leads to poor service that is more expensive, and it cuts off access for the people most in need. There are many reasons to make a case against the privatization of water, so if you’d like to learn more about this critical battle, please visit ourFood & Water Watch web page on privatization.
From Cochabamba, Bolivia and Paris, France to New Orleans, LA and Grand Rapids, MI, many water advocates have joined together to fight against privatization. Over the last three years, at least 17 possible sales and concessions of public water systems to private companies have been prevented. Food & Water Watch has worked with many local coalitions to help communities maintain local control of their water.
Currently, there are more than 3.5 million Italian expatriates around the world who have the right and responsibility to vote in this referendum. Of the over 215,000 eligible voters in the United States registered with AIRE — the official registry of Italian citizens residing outside of Italy — over 60,000 are in New York City.
We’re hoping to reach as many as possible and encourage them to vote by the June 9th deadline. Please help Italy keep their water public!
For more information, please visit http://www.cevi.coop.